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Why medical tourism?
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Medical travel or medical tourism is travel with the intent to seek care abroad. ln the past, patients would travel from under developed nations to large medical centers in first world countries for treatment that was unobtainable in their country of origin. However, increasingly so people are traveling from the first world to less developed countries for their treatment because of price consciousness, waiting lists in their home country, and the great outcomes for high volume procedures by top surgeons. Some travelers also travel because some treatments are not allowed in their home country -- including fertility procedures. Those with rare genetic diseases may go to another country where dealing with these conditions is better understood. However, nearly every specialty of health care, including psychiatry, alternative treatments, convalescent care and even burial services are available. Medical tourists who visit unqualified doctors are possibly subject to poor outcomes including deep vein thrombosis, tuberculosis, amoebic dysentery, paratyphoid, poor post- operative care, and others.