What is hiding behind healthcare tourism in Kiev?

by Roberta Lunghini - 2017.07.14
What is hiding behind healthcare tourism in Kiev?
  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Whatsapp
  • Print

They offer money to Italian physicians to encourage their patients to go to the Ukraine for their treatments. For this reason, the Italian Order of physician-surgeons and Dentists of Rome (OMCeO), presented to the Italian courts a case against the company “Hepatos-Kiev”. That, in a letter, sent to a gastroenterologists-hepatologist in Rome, publicized the opportunity to send patients with Hepatitis-C to Kiev, for new therapies, offering “adequate payment” in return for each person that the same doctor sent to the said organization. This is the dark side of so-called “health tourism”, to which Italy must conduct serious inquiry: evaluating the legitimacy of any offers, and directing its attention to a worrying medical scenario in the country that could have serious consequences regarding safety and appropriateness of the pharmaceutical treatments prescribed. Not to mention the implications that a speculative, commercial nature could have for the country’s medical community.

Published in Health in numbers.
  • Here’s why tai chi should be practiced by the elderly

    Falls in old people can be prevented by tai chi. This is what a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has claimed. Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that helps reinforce flexibility, balance, and coordination in all parts of the body. A review of Read More.

  • Italy’s Supreme Court declares no link between vaccines and autism

    Italy’s Supreme Court has dealt another blow to the vaccine-autism hypothesis, with its recent decision that to not admit a case based on that claim. In this particular context, the Court refused to hear an appeal of two earlier sentences that had rejected the request of indemnity from a minor Read More.

  • Hypochondriacs live longer but not better

    Good news for hypochondriacs: they have a life expectancy longer than that of the normal population.  This conclusion has just been published in Psychological Science as a result of a study that looked at a half a million English individuals between the ages of 37 – 73. The study sheds light on a Read More.

  • Three golden rules for a longer life

    Certain lifestyle choices could add seven more years to your life. At least, that is what a study undertaken by the Max Planck Institute has revealed. According to the authors, three choices in particular can impact your longevity: maintenance of your weight and body-mass index (BMI) (BMI less than 30), moderate Read More.

  • Microneedle patches to make vaccines more comfy and convenient

    Microneedle patches. This could be the way to make vaccines more comfy and convenient. Developed by Georgia Tech's Laboratory for Drug Delivery showed promising results in its first human clinical trial published in The Lancet. The patch, about the size of a small square bandage, has tiny, dissolvable needles filled Read More.

  • A horrible surprise for men with type 2 diabetes

    Internationally, over half of the men who suffer from diabetes have erectile dysfunction. This was revealed in a large study by researchers at the University of Padua. Having analysed more than 145 samples of nearly 83,000 patients, they came to the conclusion that those most vulnerable to problems under the Read More.