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.