Side-effects of medical tourism

Just in case if advocates of medical tourism, and others who are excited about this concept, missed this.

The Star reports:

KUALA LUMPUR: Overall quality of healthcare in the country will suffer if medical tourism is allowed to sap medical staff in public hospitals, health experts warn.

North Carolina’s Chapel Hill University’s Maternal and Child Health associate professor Trude Bennett said the glamour and profitability of medical tourism tended to “crowd out” public health.

“Government resources such as land, financial subsidies and tax incentives tend to be diverted to start up private facilities with high technology.

“Meanwhile public health services and primary care will be left to languish,” said Bennett in her speech on medical tourism at the Health Systems in Transition workshop on Thursday.

University Malaya Medical Centre infectious disease head Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman added that the lure of medical tourism could further lead to brain drain, resulting in the lack of senior doctors and specialists to mentor younger medical staff.

“When that happens, the quality of staff produced would be low and those who leave for the private sector too would be of low quality.

“Without a check-and-balance on medical tourism, the public and the private sector would be affected as well,” said Dr Adeeba.

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4 Responses to “Side-effects of medical tourism”


  1. 1 Jonathan 2 May 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Tell us something we dont know….oh ok…people at our MOH which includes Liow and Merican dont know….heck they even support pawangs and bomohs….withcraft, lizards, eye of bat….that sought of thing….wonder where the opposition guys are on this when they are in parliament..or maybe they too are equally blur…..Got money…go to Singapore ma….no pawang, bomoh stuff there…..

  2. 2 medical tourism 27 September 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Yaa,Side-effects of medical tourism should be dealed properly.


  1. 1 Side-effects of medical tourism Trackback on 2 May 2009 at 1:07 pm
  2. 2 Side-effects of medical tourism | Your Health.. Trackback on 2 May 2009 at 1:07 pm

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