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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199975099.003.0001

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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