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The Ethics Of Medical Tourism: From The United Kingdom To India Seeking Medical Care

Zahra Meghani
Published 2013 · Sociology, Medicine

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Is the practice of UK patients traveling to India as medical tourists morally justified? This article addresses that question by examining three ethically relevant issues. First, the key factor motivating citizens of the United Kingdom to seek medical treatment in India is identified and analyzed. Second, the life prospects of the majority of the citizens of the two nations are compared to determine whether the United Kingdom is morally warranted in relying on India to meet the medical needs of its citizens. Third, as neoliberal reforms are justified on the grounds that they will help the indigent populations affected by them, the impact of medical tourism—a neoliberal initiative—on India's socially and economically marginalized groups is scrutinized.
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