Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon with policy implications for health systems, particularly of destination countries. Private stakeholders and governments in the Asia-Pacific region are promoting their medical and wellness offering as a way to increase tourism, generate income and employment and boost local healthcare quality.
However, the potential impact on health systems, particularly in terms of equity in access and availability for local patients, is still unclear. Shifting demographics in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly among the growing elderly population, is increasing the need for more specialized medical services. The rising incidence of chronic conditions is also fueling demand for more and better health services.
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