Doctors preparing to perform an operation.
To reverse brain drain, the government should create a conducive environment for investment that will ensure employment opportunities
This photo was taken at a resort just outside Chennai, India that caters to medical tourists following discharge from hospital.
Informal caregivers play a vital role in medical tourism yet find themselves unprotected as "shadow workers" in a multi-billion dollar industry.
Research calls for global regulation of dental tourism - to prevent poor working conditions for local populations serving a wealth North American elite.
Thousands of North Americans travel to Mexico to eat, drink, shop and get cheap and fast dental care. Meanwhile, local populations suffer racism, poor working conditions and inadequate health care.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is one of many African leaders to have gone abroad for medical treatment.
Health care systems in many African countries are very poor. Instead of fixing them, many African leaders seek medical attention abroad incurring huge bills which are ultimately paid by taxpayers.
Patients report not being effectively anaesthetised during liposuction procedures to extract stem cells from fat.
Due to a lack of effective regulations, there is little oversight of "stem cell treatments" and the businesses that provide them.
If surgery is a third of the price elsewhere, it can be a tempting option.
All surgery is risky, so undergoing surgery in a foreign country adds to those risks.
Tourism isn’t just for sunshine and beaches. It can also be for unapproved medical interventions.
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