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"Patient tourism" offers economic benefits, say German hospitals

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The opening of European borders has led to a rise in patient tourism, but this should not be viewed negatively, says Heinz Kolking, president of the German association of hospital directors (VKD). In a speech made last week in Budapest, Hungary, on the future of hospitals within the EU, he said that an influx of foreign patients may help hospitals to improve their financial status.

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