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BAAPS highlights risks of medical tourism

16th September 2010

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has underlined the potential health risks posed by the increasing prominence of the practice of medical tourism among patients.

Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and secretary to the BAAPS, stated that many UK residents are travelling abroad to access low-cost medical care, which could be exposing them to lower standards of service.

He pointed to the fact that the UK's Care Quality Commission imposes some of Europe's strictest standards and regulations on hospitals, which means the possibility of infections may be higher in other countries.

Mr Grover also raised concern over the fact that it is harder for patients to educate themselves on the standard of care they may receive when abroad.

"People think that it may be cheaper because the hospital costs are less. But this is where problem arises, because you can't check the quality of the facilities," he said.

The comments come after media reports last month suggested that a new antibiotic-resistant "superbug" has been discovered among UK patients who recently underwent surgery in Asia.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800067544-ADNFCR

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