Friday, July 12, 2024

Medical tourism: a boon to the political elite and a curse to the commoner!

There is an ever growing and expanding market for prestige among consumerists with a taste for finer things in life such as prestigious brands and medical tourism is no exception.

Medical tourism which is herein understood as the practice of patients travelling to foreign countries for [non-emergency] medical treatment or to access distinctive healthcare services is becoming too fashionable especially among Botswana’s political elite.

This is in spite that sometime in 2018, government took a decision to reduce referrals to South African medical facilities arguing that the costs of such practice were too huge and unsustainable in the long term. 

Essentially, the decision by the government had no bearing on private arrangements by patients opting to seek medical care from elsewhere, especially South Africa hence a considerable number of citizens continue to cross the border for medical treatment.

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