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How the coronavirus pandemic ravaged medical tourism

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As costs mount in the coronavirus crisis, hospitals are shifting their plans to develop hotels for patients seeking specialised treatments, despite an uncertain outlook.


12 Jul 2020
PREMIUM!
How the coronavirus pandemic ravaged medical tourism

The pool at the Hilton Miami Dadeland in Florida.. Picture: Angel Valentin / The New York Times

Over the past several years, hospitals began to play innkeeper to open the door to more elective surgery, which is the lifeblood of their revenue. They developed hotels near their operating rooms where patients, who often came from overseas for specialised treatments, could recover comfortably. Expanding into the hospitality business also allowed health care providers to avoid the high costs of being hosts themselves. But, as with so much else, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism. To allow doctors to focus on emergencies, hospitals have cancelled hip replacements and tummy tucks, while flight bans have grounded many foreign visitors....

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