Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Globalization of Health CareLegal and Ethical Issues$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

I. Glenn Cohen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917907.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 September 2019

Patient Mortality in Medical Tourism

Patient Mortality in Medical Tourism

Examining News Media Reports of Deaths Following Travel for Cosmetic Surgery or for Bariatric Surgery

(p.3) 1 Patient Mortality in Medical Tourism
The Globalization of Health Care

Leigh Turner

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes twenty-seven reported cases of medical tourists who died during or shortly after undergoing cosmetic surgery or bariatric surgery abroad since 1993. It limits the analysis to news media reports that were in the public domain and were intended for public consumption. It also offers brief descriptions of these cases of mortality in individuals who traveled abroad and underwent cosmetic or bariatric surgery at international medical facilities. Of the twenty-seven reported deaths, twenty-five of the individuals were women. Eleven individuals had died after receiving health care in Mexico. Four fatalities had taken place in the Dominican Republic. In general, the in-depth case studies indicate strategies that might enhance patient safety, quality of care, disclosure of information, quality of advertising, and protection of patients in the global marketplace for health services. The significance of establishing effective measures for tracking clinical outcomes in medical tourism is also observed.

Keywords:   medical tourism, medical tourists, cosmetic surgery, bariatric surgery, news media, mortality, Mexico, Dominican Republic, health services, patient safety

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .