However, the UK media is, in general, giving medical tourism a favourable press:
- Record numbers go abroad for health treatment with 70,000 escaping NHS - Daily Mail
- 70,000 Brits have ops overseas - The Sun
- Fears and frustrations driving patients abroad - Sunday Telegraph
- Long distance surgery is a snip - The Times
The recent increases in UK patients traveling abroad are becoming somewhat of an enbarrassment for a Labour government which has invested significantly in the NHS in recent years. The Tory party have seen the opportunity:
"Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary, said the figures were a "terrible indictment" of government policies that were undermining the efforts of NHS staff to provide quality services."
Waiting times for operations, lack of access to new treatments and fears of MRSA and hospital infections are significant problems in the UK NHS.
And they all factors which will encourage more people to travel abroad for treatment......
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