The Rebirth of the Hospital: Heterotopia and Medical Tourism in Asia

[EN] Medical tourism is giving birth to new places of care e.g., new international patient wards. Hospitals designed for foreign patients have been planned in India, Middle East and Southeast Asia. In fact, hospital architecture, design and organization are being rethought through this prism of medical tourism. These hospitals face a dilemma of trying to meet local healthcare needs as well as the expectations of a tourism industry standard. Hence we find it relevant to investigate the services such hospitals provide and precisely how the ‘new’ patients’ demands are being met. Foucault’s (1967) theoretical concept of heterotopia will be employed for analyzing the ‘distinctive experience’ of healthcare proffered in medical tourism. The whole experience emulates ‘a realized utopia’.

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Bochaton, Audrey, Lefebvre, Bertrand (2008) « The Rebirth of the Hospital: Heterotopia and Medical Tourism in Asia », in Winter, T., Teo, P., Chang, T.C. (éds) Asia on Tour. Exploring the rise of Asian tourism, Routledge, New York, pp. 97-108

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