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  • From nose jobs to giving birth, medical tourism is booming
  • From nose jobs to giving birth, medical tourism is booming
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How functional tourists are exploring life and death

Going on holiday no longer means having a well-earned rest by the pool. Affordable flights mean people are travelling for all sorts of new reasons; to get a facelift, to work, to shop, to give birth, and even to die. The first in a two-part series looks at travel for medical reasons.

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With the growth of affordable air travel, tourism has become a huge global industry. The market has developed to the point that there is now an eclectic range of options. And in many cases, a holiday is no longer just a holiday.

People are travelling to secure medical treatment from foreign health services or combining a vacation with wellness programmes. They are signing up for eco-tourism, where a trip away also involves working on a sustainability or conservation project. They are travelling to places to give birth, and even to die.

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