Millions spent fixing botched overseas ops

Australian ‘medical tourists’ should be compelled to take out insurance to cover the costs incurred by public hospitals for treating potential complications, clinicians say.

Botched breast surgeries and MRSA infections from liposuction performed in Thailand are just some of the complications that are costing the public system millions of dollars to fix up, say plastic surgeons at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

In one year alone, the hospital had to manage 12 patients with “cosmetic tourism” complications, mostly due to breast infections, necrosis and ruptured or