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Construction d'un espace sanitaire transfrontalier : le recours aux soins des Laotiens en Thaïlande

Abstract : In today's global world, people move more, move further, and move for increasingly varied reasons, such as work, study or the search for exoticism. Seeking health care away from one's home is a part of this trend and many patients these days do not hesitate to cross borders or to cover sometimes thousands of kilometers in order to consult a well-known doctor or to benefit from a fast, high-quality and cheap health-care service. Our study concerns the questions raised by patients' movements at a regional scale, more precisely in the Lao-Thai border area where new behaviors are appearing around health care mobility. Lao nationals are crossing the border to seek health care in Thai hospitals in ever increasing numbers. A sizeable part of the population is involved in this practice, which is connected to the recent political and cultural opening of Laos and at the same time emphasizes the development gap between the two countries. Border discontinuity between the two countries is reflected by a medical discontinuity which helps explain these movements, facilitated also by the proximity and historical links of the populations living along the Mekong. What does this mobility reveal regarding the socio-economic and political reality of the Lao-Thai border area and what light can it shed on the relationship between the two countries? How is the cross-border territory being reconstructed in the new era? We use health movements as a means to analyze the socio-territorial dynamics of the Lao-Thai border area. Moreover, this study through health indicators is one way to both renew and re-inform our reflections on the notion of border.
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Audrey Bochaton. Construction d'un espace sanitaire transfrontalier : le recours aux soins des Laotiens en Thaïlande. Géographie. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 2009. Français. ⟨tel-00641367⟩

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