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Record number 545291
Title South-South medical tourism
Author(s) Ormond, M.E.; Kaspar, Heidi
Source In: Routledge Handbook of South-South Relations / Fiddian-Qasmiyeh , Elena, Daley, Patricia, Routledge - ISBN 9781138652002 - 9 p.
Department(s) WASS
Cultural Geography
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2018
Abstract Demographic and epidemiological transitions in global South countries, on the one hand, and the neoliberalisation both of national health systems and international development aid, on the other, have produced widening health gaps between those who can afford care and those who cannot. The vast majority of so-called medical tourists receiving treatment in global South destinations today are themselves from other parts of the global South, their transnational movements reflecting and fostering asymmetrical social, economic and political relations that enable actors in some countries to be in a position to address the care deficiencies of people in other countries. This chapter argues that medical tourism reconfigures relations between and within source and destination countries’ populations, by establishing novel forms of post-national market-mediated solidarities and forms of aid. Furthermore, medical tourism reconfigures relations between national governments and their citizens by advancing subjects’ neoliberal self-responsibilisation or reclaiming bonds of social solidarity between states and their subjects. These alliances between medical tourism destinations’ private hospitals, at one end, and national and state governments, insurers, intermediaries, and individuals and their families, at the other, largely bypass government-to-government diplomatic and aid relations. This upends conventional thinking about the geography of care and solidarity.
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