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I. Glenn Cohen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199975099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199975099.001.0001

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An Introduction to the Medical Tourism Industry

An Introduction to the Medical Tourism Industry

(p.1) 1 An Introduction to the Medical Tourism Industry
Patients with Passports

I. Glenn Cohen

Oxford University Press

Before we can wrestle with the many legal and ethical issues raised by medical tourism, we need a better understanding of the industry, its scope, and its components. This chapter aims to put flesh on the bone. It begins by offering a taxonomy of kinds of medical tourism, then discusses the major components of the industry: traveling patients, destination country hospitals and health care workers, destination country governments with a hand in medical tourism, facilitators (sometimes called “intermediaries”), insurers covering the practice, accreditors, and home country hospitals that partner with destination country hospitals. As this is a lot of ground to cover, the discussion is focused on the pieces that are most relevant to the legal and ethical discussions that follow, in many cases taking a 10,000-foot view. Still this chapter seeks to offer the most comprehensive set of data on the industry yet collected.

Keywords:   data, medical tourism, intermediaries, facilitators, hospitals, insurers

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