Will Unethical Behavior of Medical Providers & Agencies Impact Rebound of Medical Tourism Post COVID

By: PlacidWay Medical Tourism
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Feb. 16, 2021 - PRLog -- Lack of Transparency and Ethics Continue to Prevail in Medical Travel Industry

In the past decade, the medical travel industry has seen uncontrolled growth. COVID shut-down has impacted everyone in the medical travel industry. With the lack of any oversight in the industry, the corruption among medical providers and agencies supporting such initiatives is growing at a rapid rate.

In countries like Turkey, India, Egypt where medical tourism has seen exponential growth in recent years, corruption among medical providers and agencies has also grown dramatically. Whether it is botched procedures, wrong diagnosis, performing unnecessary tests, or paying for customer acquisition services, the industry is seeing an unprecedented increase. With a lack of transparency, ethics, and over-selling, it started to show a lack of trust among patients, providers, agencies, and everyone involved in the whole supply chain of the medical travel process.

Key Issues:

Poor Patient Care:
Corruption and poor patient care are increasing in many countries like Turkey, India, and Egypt. Botched procedures, unnecessary surgeries and tests, and a general increase in costs are taking advantage of patient vulnerability.

Turkey is one of the leading markets for medical tourism globally. In the last ten years, the government has invested immensely in this sector and there is a huge demand for procedures like hair transplant, cosmetic surgery, dental, cancer treatment, and even organ transplant. Despite that, some corrupt players are luring and cheating patients, which is damaging the prospects of the huge sector.

India, which is another popular medical tourism destination, is also getting affected due to scams. Medical travelers who come to India are duped frequently into paying extra by hospital touts and middlemen. Even if the patients do not understand what is going on, they are forced to do expensive tests, and many hidden charges once the patient is in the medical facility.

Similarly, Egypt has all the right ingredients for becoming a medical tourism hub. With proximity to GCC and other African countries, affordable medical services, Egypt is evolving as a potential medical destination. Yet, it is evident that Egyptian medical centers seem to be not prepared for providing transparent and trusted services to all involved in the medical travel industry.

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