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Controversies in tourism.

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This book makes a contribution to the understanding of tourism controversies. Its purpose is to provide a platform for open debate and intellectual discourse with a variety of views on perceived controversies or manifest conflicts firstly within tourism (endogenous controversies), but also in the multidimensional contexts of environment and civil society (exogenous contexts). The focus of the book...

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Controversies in medical tourism.

This chapter focuses on the medical tourism industry and some of the moral and ethical controversies that underlie the growth of this industry. It also determines what categories of controversies are well covered and which areas still need more research. After reviewing most of the academic literature on controversies in medical tourism, it is indicated that there are several 'themes' that continue to come up frequently. They are as follows: (i) the possibility of healthcare access becoming differentiated by economic ability; (ii) the issue of the utilization of local resources by foreign nationals (thus limiting local access to care); (iii) legal issues surrounding the situation of services offered in one country that may not be allowable or ethically appropriate in the patient's home country; (iv) the possibility that medical tourism represents lesser care for medical travellers; (v) the increasing emphasis on healthcare as a business (which is exaggerated by medical tourism); and (vi) the sustainability of international healthcare flows and trends (such as the brain drain of personnel that occurs partially as a result of the sector).

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Moufakkir, O. Burns, P. M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 7) Of ethics, leisure and tourism: the 'serious fun of doing tourism'. Author(s): Moufakkir, O.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 23) A common tourism policy for the European Union: a historical perspective. Author(s): Aykın, S. M.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 41) Authenticity and commodification: the selling of Mayan culture in Mexico's Mayan Riviera. Author(s): Papanicolaou, A. E.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 54) Authenticity versus development: tourism to the hill tribes of Thailand. Author(s): Novelli, M. Tisch-Rottensteiner, A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 86) Ethical issues in trophy hunting. Author(s): Dobson, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 99) Ecotourism: a maturing discourse with some established controversy. Author(s): Boyd, S. W.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 115) Ethnic panopticon: a controversy in aboriginal tourism. Author(s): Xie, P. F.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 125) Gaming in the USA: historical development, controversies and current status. Author(s): Moufakkir, O. Holecek, D. F.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 144) Golf tourism: the case of Cyprus. Author(s): Boukas, N. Boustras, G. Sinka, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 160) Residential tourism or lifestyle migration: social problems linked to the non-definition of the situation. Author(s): Huete, R. Mantecón, A.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 174) Surrealist pilgrims, melting clocks in marble halls: dark tourism for a postmodern world. Author(s): Craig, D. Thompson, C.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 186) The golden jubilee of independence and Panafest in Ghana: 'all that glitters is not gold'. Author(s): Addo, E.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 201) The ideological role of Intergovernmental Organizations in the promotion of international tourism. Author(s): Ferraz, J.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 216) The paradoxes of tourism encounters in the mass tourism spaces of the Gambia. Author(s): Pattison, H.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 229) Tourism or conservation? A controversy in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Author(s): Bhandari, K.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 242) Volunteer tourism: commodified trend or new phenomenon? Author(s): Benson, A. M. Wearing, S.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Center for Medical Tourism Research, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2012
  • ISBN
  • 9781845938130
  • Record Number
  • 20113399879