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The Globalization of Health CareLegal and Ethical Issues$
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I. Glenn Cohen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917907.001.0001

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Canadian Print News Media Coverage of Medical Tourism

Canadian Print News Media Coverage of Medical Tourism

Examining Key Themes and Ethical Gaps

(p.52) 3 Canadian Print News Media Coverage of Medical Tourism
The Globalization of Health Care

Valorie A. Crooks

Jeremy Snyder

Leigh Turner

Krystyna Adams

Rory Johnston

Victoria Casey

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a media content analysis of Canadian print media depictions of medical tourism. It describes how the lack of reliable information in these sources about the numbers and motivations of Canadians traveling abroad for care, and about how the public-health and resource-allocation effects of this practice domestically and abroad, have hindered a balanced and informed public discussion of the ethical issues raised by medical tourism. Fifty-nine articles are included in this media analysis. The analysis shows that Canadian print news media articles identify various factors employed to explain why Canadian patients go abroad for private medical care. The Canadian news media accounts of medical tourism address ethical issues linked to the quality of care and patient safety at international health care facilities. Finally, the significances for future Canadian media coverage of medical tourism are reviewed.

Keywords:   medical tourism, Canadian media coverage, Canadian print news media, media analysis, Canadian patients, medical care, ethical issues, patient safety, quality of care

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