Medical Tourism and Alternative Medicine

Medical tourism is a term originally coined by travel agencies to describe the rapidly-growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care. The early practice of medical tourism was to combine vacation travel with cosmetic procedures. Later patients began to travel abroad to obtain conventional therapies at reduced costs compared with their home countries. They may also travel to obtain treatments that are not available in their home country. The links associated with the “German Cancer Klinik” casebook below reflect the publicized cases of Farrah Fawcett and Bret Hudson who traveled to this same Klinik in Germany to obtain unconventional treatments for advanced anal cancer and throat (laryngeal) cancer, respectively.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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