Who really is medical tourism?


France is currently at the heart of the expansion of medical tourism, this cultural phenomenon often considered taboo. But ultimately, why he carries this term such a negative connotation?


Access to care is a universal and fundamental right. Yet medical tourism meets the growing demand of patients who are unable to seek treatment - because of too high costs, stringent latency or weak health systems.
Contrary to what is said on the side of public sector advocates, medical tourism is not a capitalist creation designed to make the hospital a business.
Instead, medical tourism is patient service. It allows patients around the world to compare, choose and make an informed and personal decision.
Medical tourism brings to patients around the world the opportunity to choose. It offers them the opportunity to access a carefully requiring irrefutable quality, and in some cases, be treated in the week rather than this year.

The very creditworthy patients, recently put forward by economist Jean de Kervasdoué are, meanwhile, looking care of a higher quality than available in their home country - regardless matter the budget. But medical tourism also affects French patients. Lack of resources, more and more French are forced to give up some medical care. According href="http://www.franceinter.fr/emission-l-enquete-de-la-redaction-le-tourisme-dentaire" France Inter in 2011, more than 19 000 french went abroad for dental care.

In the latest issue of Challenges , Jean de Kervasdoué explains that the management of these medical tourists could bring to France" a turnover of around 2 billion euros "and result in the & ldquo; & ldquo creation, 25 000 to 30 000 jobs within five years & rdquo ;. Although it remains to be seen, it is still encouraging news in today's sluggish economic growth.
Certainly, we would not like that our hospitals are overloaded and unable to care for the less wealthy patients. But this is not medical tourism which will cause such a disaster. France is already a major player in this area, and the local French patients are affected in any way.

We can not prevent these people leaving. But we have to frame them.
Faced with the growth of this demand, some companies are positioning themselves as facilitators, offering patients an information platform and a dedicated customer service for the organization of the trip. This is particularly the case href="https://www.medigo.com/fr" Medigo , a startup Berliner who recently announced a lifting of funds € 5M. This company has already helped over 200 French patients to be related to a clinic abroad.
The medical tourism is here to stay, not as the provision of care will be less than the request or the exorbitant prices of some treatments continue to force our own patients to forgo medical care.

Now, it is the governments of the world to ensure that these flows will be regulated.