‘Medical tourism’ is a term used to refer to a travel activity that involves a medical procedure or to activities that promote the wellbeing of the tourist.
Long hospital queues and especially high costs of medical procedures in western society have created a demand for medical tourism. Therefor, as this new global product gains popularity, increased control of this service is required.
There are several definitions of tourists. According to the UNWTO a tourist is classified as such when he stays at least for 24 hours or more away from his usual environment or if he stays overnight away form his usual environment.
Travellers that travel abroad for medical reasons will as well be classified as tourist.
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