The Movement of Patients across Borders: Challenges and Opportunities for Public health/Deplacements Transfrontaliers Des Patients: Defis et Opportunites Pour le Secteur De la Sante Publique/ El Movimiento Transfronterizo De Los Pacientes: Retos Y Oportunidades Para la Sanidad Publica

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The Movement of Patients across Borders: Challenges and Opportunities for Public health/Deplacements Transfrontaliers Des Patients: Defis et Opportunites Pour le Secteur De la Sante Publique/ El Movimiento Transfronterizo De Los Pacientes: Retos Y Oportunidades Para la Sanidad Publica


Helble, Matthias, Bulletin of the World Health Organization


Abstract In a globalizing world, public health is no longer confined to national borders. In recent years we have observed an increasing movement of patients across international borders. The full extent of this trend is yet unknown, as data are sparse and anecdotal. If this trend continues, experts are convinced that it will have major implications for public health systems around the globe. Despite the growing importance of medical travel, we still have little empirical evidence on its impact on public health, especially on health systems. This paper summarizes the most recent debates on this topic. It discusses the main forces that drive medical travel and its implications on health systems, in particular the impacts on access to health care, financing and the health workforce. This paper also offers guidance on how to define medical travel and how to improve data collection. It advocates for more scientific research that will enable countries to harness benefits and limit the potential risks to public health arising from medical travel.

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A l'ere de la mondialisation, la sante publique n'est plus limitee aux frontieres nationales. Ces dernieres annees, nous avons observe une augmentation du nombre de deplacements transfrontaliers des patients. L'etendue de cette tendance n'est pas entierement connue a ce jour car les donnees sont rares et isolees. Si cette tendance se poursuit, les experts sont convaincus qu'elle aura des consequences majeures pour les systemes de sante publique du monde entier. Malgre l'importance croissante des voyages pour raisons medicales, nous disposons de tres peu de preuves empiriques de son impact sur la sante publique, en particulier sur les systemes de sante. Cet article synthetise les derniers debats sur ce sujet. Il decrit les principales forces qui motivent les voyages pour raisons medicales et leurs consequences sur les systemes de sante, en particulier leur impact sur l'acces aux soins de sante, le financement et le personnel soignant. Cet article fournit egalement des instructions permettant de definir les voyages pour raisons medicales et d'ameliorer la collecte de donnees. Il preconise davantage de recherches scientifiques qui permettront aux pays de tirer profit des voyages a des fins medicales et d'en limiter les risques potentiels en matiere de sante publique.

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En un mundo cada vez mas globalizado, la sanidad publica ya no permanece confinada dentro de las fronteras de cada pais. En los ultimos anos hemos podido observar un creciente movimiento de pacientes de un pais a otro. Aun se desconoce el alcance total de esta tendencia, ya que disponemos de datos escasos y anecdoticos. Los expertos estan convencidos de que, de persistir esta tendencia, ello acarrearia importantes consecuencias para los sistemas publicos sanitarios de todo el mundo. A pesar de la importancia cada vez mayor del turismo sanitario, seguimos sin disponer de suficientes datos empiricos sobre su impacto sobre la sanidad publica, especialmente en los sistemas sanitarios. Este articulo resume los debates mas recientes en relacion a este tema. Se comentan las principales causas que estimulan el turismo sanitario y sus implicaciones en los sistemas sanitarios, especialmente su impacto sobre el acceso a la atencion sanitaria, la financiacion y el personal sanitario. Este articulo ofrece ademas una orientacion sobre como definir el turismo sanitario y como mejorar la obtencion de datos. Abogamos por una mayor investigacion cientifica que permita a los paises aprovechar los beneficios del turismo sanitario y limitar los posibles riesgos que plantea para la salud publica.

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The current global trend towards a more integrated world is challenging our understanding of public health. …

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