Medical Sociology as a Heuristic Instrument for Medical Tourism and Cross-Border Healthcare; Comment on “International Patients on Operation Vacation – Perspectives of Patients Travelling to Hungary for Orthopedic Treatments”

Document Type: Commentary

Author

1 Scaldis Academy, HZ University of Applied Sciences, Vlissingen, The Netherlands

2 CELLO, Sociology of Health, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Abstract

In this commentary, we establish a relationship between medical sociology and the study of medical tourism and cross-border healthcare by introducing Ronald Andersen’s behavioral model of healthcare use, and linking this model to the recent empirical study of Kovacs et al. on patients travelling to Hungary for orthopedic treatment. Finally, we plead for more measurement in the field of patient mobility.

Keywords

Main Subjects


  1. Kovacs E, Szocska G, Knai, C. International Patients on Operation Vacation – Perspectives of Patients Travelling to Hungary for Orthopaedic Treatments. Int J Health Policy Manag 2014; 3: 333-40. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2014.113
  2. Brand H, Hollederer A, Wolf U, Brand A. Cross-border health activities in the Euregios: Good practice for better health. Health Policy 2008; 86: 245-54. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2007.10.015
  3. Connell J. Contemporary medical tourism: Conceptualisation, culture and commodification. Tour Manag 2013; 34: 1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2012.05.009
  4. Ormond M, Sulianti D. More than medical tourism: Lessons from Indonesia and Malaysia on South-South intra-regional medical travel. Current Issues in Tourism 2014 July 14. doi: 10.1080/13683500.2014.937324
  5. Crush J, Chikanda A. South-South medical tourism and the quest for health in southern Africa. Soc Sci Med 2015; 124: 313-20. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.025
  6. Laugesen MJ, Vargas Bustamante  A. A patient mobility framework that travels: European and United States-Mexican comparisons. Health Policy 2010; 97: 225-31.
  7. Andersen RM. Revisiting the Behaviour model and access to medical care: does it matter. J Health Soc Behav 1995; 36: 1-10. doi: 10.2307/2137284
  8. Andersen RM. National health surveys and the behavioural model of health services use. Med Care 2008; 46: 647-53. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0b013e31817a835d
  9. Mainil T, Platenkamp V, Dinnie K, Botterill D, Van Loon F, Meulemans H. Transnational health care: the quest for a global terminology. Health Policy 2012; 108: 37-44. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2012.08.002
  10. International Organization for Migration (IOM). International migration, Health and Human rights. Geneva: International Organization for Migration; 2013.