What is medical tourism and what does it mean for health economics? Where patients are buyers and doctors sellers, are there insights for mainstream health economics? |

What is medical tourism and what does it mean for health economics? Where patients are buyers and doctors sellers, are there insights for mainstream health economics?

Synopsis:

Medical tourism, the practice of travelling abroad for treatment, is challenging the way we view access to and delivery of medical care. Patients who engage in medical tourism are not passive consumers of care as they usually are; they are sovereign consumers exercising their spending power. Medical services may be a monopoly of professional groups at home but it is a tradable commodity across borders. As such, medical tourism also challenges the way mainstream health economics works as it concerns itself with the production, distribution and consumption of health care resources and the impact of such to the population. Percivil M. Carrera will explore the nature of medical tourism and the insights it offers to health economic analysis. The seminar should prove interesting for those interested in a comprehensive overview of medical tourism considering the stake of Singapore in the burgeoning international trade for health services as well as those keen in understanding the complexities that the study of health economics deals with and the imperative of going beyond the orthodoxy.

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Speaker(s):

Dr Percivil M. Carrera, Coordinator of the Master of Science in Health Economics program and Lecturer in Health Economics, Medical Faculty Mannheim of Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany

Date:
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Time:
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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