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Record number 413887
Title Shifting subjects of health-care: Placing 'medical tourism' in the context of Malaysian domestic health-care reform
Author(s) Ormond, M.E.
Source Asia Pacific Viewpoint 52 (2011)3. - ISSN 1360-7456 - p. 247 - 259.
Department(s) Cultural Geography
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) reproductive tourism - global health - trade - geographies - evolution - services - surgery - america - borders - policy
Abstract ‘Medical tourism’ has frequently been held to unsettle naturalised relationships between the state and its citizenry. Yet in casting ‘medical tourism’ as either an outside ‘innovation’ or ‘invasion’, scholars have often ignored the role that the neoliberal retrenchment of social welfare structures has played in shaping the domestic health-care systems of the ‘developing’ countries recognised as international medical travel destinations. While there is little doubt that ‘medical tourism’ impacts destinations' health-care systems, it remains essential to contextualise them. This paper offers a reading of the emergence of ‘medical tourism’ from within the context of ongoing health-care privatisation reform in one of today's most prominent destinations: Malaysia. It argues that ‘medical tourism’ to Malaysia has been mobilised politically both to advance domestic health-care reform and to cast off the country's ‘underdeveloped’ image not only among foreign patient-consumers but also among its own nationals, who are themselves increasingly envisioned by the Malaysian state as prospective health-care consumers
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