19 Dec 2017

Medical tourism inquiry urged after man's death

From Morning Report, 6:46 am on 19 December 2017

The death of a Melbourne man after cut-price cosmetic surgery in Malaysia has sparked a call for a transtasman inquiry into medical tourism. Leigh Aiple, 31, died soon after two big operations, arranged through New Zealand company Gorgeous Getaways in 2014. Mark Ashton, president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, told the Victoria coroner Mr Aiple's medical care was badly below standard. He's urging governments on both sides of the Tasman to force medical tourism companies to spell out the risks to customers. International manager for Gorgeous Getaways, Paula Vernon, told reporter Phil Pennington that when Mr Aiple died, her company stopped using the clinic that carried out the surgery.