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Medical Tourism: Perspectives and Specific Country Experiences

Jayshree Bose (Editor) B. Sumathi (Editor)

This comprehensive book on medical tourism focuses on many crucial issues that have not been detailed earlier. Medical tourists travel as cross-border patients to other countries to avail of internationally benchmarked healthcare services at considerably low cost. This is mainly on account of some restrictive factors in their own country of origin: cost disadvantage, under insurance or lack of insurance, long wait periods, or, inadequate healthcare facilities for rare or even common diseases and therapies. This book is a compilation of informative and insightful articles that capture various aspects of medical tourism in India and other countries. It also demolishes some common myths about medical tourism, for the first time, ever.

The highlight is an exclusive interview with Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals (India) and articles from very senior professionals from Apollo and Wockhardt. Two of the three hospital groups in India to have acquired the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. The book provides comparative cost analyses, and highlights aspects - many for the first time-such as cross-border legal issues, insurance, and the crucial role played by therapeutic hospital design and architecture in fulfilling cross-border patient expectations. It also presents deep insights into healthcare accreditation, affords a global perspective of the importance of alternative medicine in medical tourism and presents detailed experiences of countries that have emerged as forerunners in medical tourism. The book would be of great interest to doctors, patients, hospital administrators, health department official, healthcare architects, legal professionals, venture capitalists, private equity funds and other lenders, accreditation agencies, ministries of tourism, medical tourism intermediaries and others.

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About the authors

Jayshree Bose

Jayshree Bose is a first class postgraduate and National Merit Scholarship holder from Calcutta University. She has had a prolonged career in the Mumbai media circles with national financial dailies such as Business Standard and Financial Express and magazines such as Businessworld. She served there for over 16 years in senior capacities such as Associate Editor and Assistant Editor, and has been a prolific writer on topics related to banking, insurance and the economy, which are her prime areas of interest. During her tenure at Mumbai, some of her articles led to a series of financial sector reforms. She was earlier a consultant with the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), an ICICI Bank-sponsored Business School and Research Institute at Chennai. She has also written and edited books on banking and finance for KPMG and Jardine Fleming and brought out special issues of the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) Journal on a turnkey basis. Jayshree Bose is now a Faculty Member-Consulting Editor with Icfai Books, a division of the Icfai University Press, where her work involves writing articles and editing books on her special areas of interest such as banking, insurance, the economy and business strategy. She is also a regular contributor to professional magazines on insurance and banking.

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B. Sumathi

B Sumathi holds Doctorate in Economics from Pondicherry Central University, India. Her main areas of interest are teaching and conducting research on health related issues, population studies and development economics. She has worked as Research Associate in Centre for Economic and Social Studies in Hyderabad from 2006 to 2007. She is currently working as a Faculty Associate at Icfai Business School Research Centre, Chennai.

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Bibliographic information

Title Medical Tourism: Perspectives and Specific Country Experiences
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.08.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788131427293
length xxiv+344p., Tables.
Subjects Travel & Tourism