Arthroplasty tourism

Med J Aust. 2007 Dec 3-17;187(11-12):666-7. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01467.x.


The practice of "medical tourism" is gaining popularity. Lower costs and shorter waiting times are compelling motivating factors. There are also increasing commercial interests promoting medical tourism. There are very limited clinical data to support or refute this practice. However, medical tourism breaks important elements in the traditional health care model, including patient selection, continuity of care, and practice auditing. When complications arise, challenges specific to medical tourism patients may be encountered.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / economics
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / etiology*
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / therapy
  • Mycobacterium fortuitum*
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / economics
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / etiology*
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / therapy
  • Travel*