Ethical issues for medical tourism: Dual pricing system

In some developing countries, the doctors pay more importance and attention to medical tourists for personal financial gain and neglect the critical patients in their home country. This has created a somewhat dual level of healthcare where the more experienced and knowledgeable providers prefer to cater to their high paying foreign patients, and the local patients have a hard time accessing specialist care.

However, on the other hand, some countries are following a dual pricing system, offering treatments to domestic patients at lower prices and the same to the international tourists at a much higher rate. This could be considered unethical practice, as medial tourists should be charged the market rate, and no more. Some countries enforce standard guidelines and price bands for treatments, established by the government or a health association in order to demonstrate equality for all patients. For instance, Turkey has a physician’s association that sets the price standards for most private hospitals.

Therefore, in order to avoid being duped by a foreign healthcare system, it would be beneficial to inquire about price differences between local and international patients.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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