Posted on 28/10/2010
A major new 18-month study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, will examine the motives people have for travelling across national boundaries to receive treatments such as dental services, elective surgery for hip or joint replacement, cosmetic surgery and fertility treatment. Led by Dr Neil Lunt of York Management School, the research team includes Dr Mark Exworthy of the School of Management at Royal Holloway.
Medical tourism is currently mainly privately funded and the researchers will seek to establish the amount people are paying for this healthcare and its economic impact. They will also examine the consequences for the NHS that treatments in other countries might bring. They will look at the potential savings and negative impacts on the NHS, such as the need to ensure continuity of care for people who have been treated abroad and the cost of treating complications. The research will also examine the inflow of patients from abroad into the UK health system.