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Record number 425884
Title You, too, can be an international medical traveler: Reading medical travel guidebooks
Author(s) Ormond, M.E.; Sothern, M.
Source Health & Place 18 (2012)5. - ISSN 1353-8292 - p. 935 - 941.
Department(s) Cultural Geography
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) self-help - expert patient - care - health - politics - internet - tourism
Abstract Drawing on literature on self-help and travel guide writing, this paper interrogates five international medical travel guidebooks aimed at encouraging American and British audiences to travel abroad to purchase medical care. These guidebooks articulate a three-step self-help “program” to produce a “savvy” international medical traveler. First, readers are encouraged to view their home healthcare system as dysfunctional. Second, they are encouraged to re-read destinations' healthcare landscapes as hosting excellent and accessible care. Finally, these texts explicitly enjoin readers to see themselves as active, cosmopolitan consumers whose pursuits are central to rectifying the dysfunction of their home healthcare systems.
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