There’s a new editorial over at the IMJT on Ebola, medical tourists and the medical travel industry. In the article, “Ebola: a hot topic for the next medical tourism event?” by Ian Youngman, he explores the potential pitfalls from medical tourists who are seeking treatment overseas. As an insurance expert, who makes his living by preparing for “What if?” scenarios, the author offers valuable insight on a topic that has provoked wide speculation and fear-mongering among the general media.
Mr. Youngman explores current medical screening at airports, the impact on current medical tourists as well as the potential impact of a global pandemic/panic on the medical tourism industry. Mr. Youngman urges for a clear, reasoned and cohesive discussion and response from leaders in the medical tourism industry.
Death of young patient raises questions of safety
IN other news, the BBC is reporting on the recent death of a 24 year old British medical tourist. While the BBC article offers few details on the patient who died during a liposuction procedure in Thailand, a more in-depth report from the UK Mail reports that the woman stopped breathing after receiving anesthesia at the private medical clinic. The article reports that this was a repeat visit for the patient, who had previously undergone another plastic surgery procedure at the clinic.
Now questions are being raised about the doctor’s qualifications to perform the procedure, as well as the lack of availability of life-saving medical equipment at the medical clinic. The doctor at the clinic, Dr. Sombob Saensiri has been arrested while this case is being investigated.
Note: There are conflicting reports regarding the exact circumstances of this patient’s death. An Asian story reports that the patient had returned after a recent surgery with complaints of a developing infection.
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