Predicting future demand for medical tourism: Health tourism blog is moving to IMTJ

To keep things simple, this blog is moving to the IMTJ web site. You can find the Health Tourism Blog here, in future.

Here's an extract of the latest blog post on "Predicting future demand for medical tourism".

The latest data on hospital activity within the UK National Health Service provides a useful indicator of where future demand for medical tourism may lie. One of the advantages of the UK public health system is that with one provider....the NHS, and one payor....the NHS it means that an enormous amount of meaningful data can be captured about the state of the nation’s health, about demand for health services and about how the health profile of the population is changing.

Like many developed countries with established health systems, the UK is facing the challenge of meeting the needs of an ageing population at a time when there is massive pressure to reduce or put a hold on public spending, and in effect reduce expenditure on health services. All UK hospitals collect data in the same way (well almost...) and the data is collected centrally by the NHS.

The following data is taken from the recent report “Hospital Episode Statistics: Admitted Patient Care – England 2009/10”, published by the NHS Information Centre.

Take a look at how demand for NHS hospital services has changed over the last ten years. First let’s examine the age profile of patients admitted to UK hospitals:

In 2009/10 there were:
  • 16,806,200 hospital stays, a 38 per cent rise on 1999/2000.
  • 1,939,190 stays for patients aged 0 to 14; a 15 per cent rise on 1999/2000.
  • 7,333,110 stays for patients aged 15 to 59; a 29 per cent rise on 1999/2000.
  • 3,642,940 stays for patients aged 60 to 74; a 48 per cent rise on 1999/2000.
  • 3,837,990 stays for patients aged 75 and over, a 66 per cent rise on 1999/2000.

Read the full article at IMTJ: Go to "Predicting future demand for medical tourism".