All the basics you need when it comes to medical travel.1.
Medical tourism is the practice of travelling overseas to work as a health visitor for a fee or pay a commission.
The majority of these organisations operate through health tourism agents.2.
Medical travel agencies (mavs) are licensed travel agencies that take advantage of the system to offer patients and doctors services.3.
They are mainly staffed by medical practitioners.4.
Mavs often operate in a professional setting with doctors, nurses and other health professionals.5.
They often offer short-term accommodation for travellers to the region.6.
They usually operate in remote locations, but can also operate in urban areas, particularly when medical needs are high.7.
Most mavs are accredited medical tourism agencies, which means they are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Independent Healthcare Providers (ACHPE).8.
Mavi travel agencies are licensed, non-profit travel agencies licensed to provide medical care for patients, usually in their home country.9.
Some mav travel agencies operate in partnership with medical travel organisations.10.
Some Mavi travellers are also self-employed.
They have access to both the private and the public sectors.11.
Some organisations offer private accommodation for their staff, while others operate as hotels.12.
Some companies also run training and certification courses.13.
Some medical tourism companies offer travel insurance.14.
Medical travellers can access some financial support from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to cover travel costs, including airfare, hotel accommodation and other costs.15.
Some businesses offer free or reduced-price medical accommodation for patients and staff.16.
Mavis are generally not required to provide patients with any health or medical information, which could be inconvenient or even offensive.17.
Some people have reported being harassed by medical tourists.18.
Some doctors are wary of the profession.19.
Mavers are highly scrutinised.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) warns against their activities and that they pose a serious risk to health.20.
The AMA urges health visitors not to use Mavis as a cover for commercial purposes, such as advertising their services.21.
Medical Mavis have been identified as an organisation that encourages patients to travel without medical insurance.22.
Maver health care staff are not always available to help patients during medical visits.23.
Mavinga is the only medical Mav in Australia to be accredited by ACHPE, the health care accreditation body.24.
Mavens are licensed and regulated medical travel agents, which offer services to patients, including appointments, physiotherapy and other care.25.
Some of the health tourism agencies operate out of their offices.26.
Most medical Maven services are paid for by the medical travellers themselves.27.
Mevs can offer services in different locations, depending on the health needs of the patients.28.
Mavegas and Mav Health Care are licensed medical travel agency services, which have both licensed and registered locations.29.
Some health Mav services are provided by Mav health care providers, while other services are available to medical Mavegans.30.
Maves are licensed private medical care services, where patients and health care workers can interact with other health care professionals.31.
Mova health care services are licensed healthcare providers who provide medical services to people who are eligible for Medicare.32.
Some non-mav medical travel services are also available to the public.33.
Some hospitals, health clinics and doctors have Mav staff.34.
Medical maver groups are not allowed to provide any direct or indirect health care to the general public.