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Travelling for health

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Access to healthcare outside of the UK is becoming increasingly popular not only for adults but also for children. Recent high-profile cases involving interventions that are not widely available or approved for use in the UK have demonstrated a need for those working within the NHS to be aware of both the practicalities and pitfalls of medical tourism.1,2 Such cases challenge healthcare professionals and health service managers to consider how to engage and support patients and families who choose to seek treatment abroad.

Medical tourism encompasses a spectrum that ranges from a partnership between the patient, their family and healthcare professionals …

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