Medical travel involves mobility in the pursuit of biomedical treatments, interventions or care. Conceptualising medical travel within a framework of migration allows us to view the continuities of medical travel and how it articulates with other forms of global mobilities and migrations. Major medical hubs have developed in Asia and intra-regional medical travel to access quality medical services is becoming pervasive across the region. These movements trace similar paths to other migratory flows for trade, education and work, and carry cultural meanings and values associated with care for family and kin members. Asian medical migrations intersect with other forms of migration such as: the movements of expatriate workers, retirement migrants, diasporic returnees seeking medical care in familiar surroundings, as well as the movements of forced migrants and refugees, or those forced to travel due to failing health systems in their home countries. In addition, it articulates with movements of medical staff (and technologies) across the region.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations|
|Editors||Gracia Liu Farrar , Brenda S. A. Yeoh|
|Place of Publication||Oxon UK|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- medical travel
- Asia-Pacific region