Zieke Chinezen vliegen de wereld over

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Een groeiend aantal Chinezen gaat voor ingewikkelde medische zorg naar het buitenland. Voor check-ups naar Japan, voor een kankerbehandeling naar de VS, voor levertransplantaties naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk, en voor cosmetische operaties naar Zuid-Korea. Chinezen met minder geld reizen naar goedkopere buurlanden als Thailand, India of de Filipijnen. In de VS stijgt het aantal Chinese patiënten zo snel, dat ziekenhuizen hun websites inmiddels ook in het Chinees aanbieden.

China’s Booming ‘Medical Tourism’ Business

Following the frenzy of studying and sightseeing abroad, as well as outright emigration, one more activity is in these days — going overseas for health care.

Five years ago, 57-year-old old Mou says he was “sentenced to death” when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. When doctors in China told him he wouldn’t survive for more than two years, Mou decided to go to the United States for treatment. He is now entering his sixth “survival year.”

Earlier this year, Mou’s daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. She also decided to go to America not only to increase her chances of being cured, but to take advantage of health care that is centered around the well-being of the patient.

Going to Japan for “high-precision” check-ups, to America for cancer treatment, to the UK for liver transplants, to South Korea for cosmetic surgery, and to Switzerland for placenta injections have become the newest options for China’s affluent class.


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