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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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Medical Tourism for Experimental Therapies: An In-Depth Exploration of Stem Cell Therapy Tourism

Medical Tourism for Experimental Therapies: An In-Depth Exploration of Stem Cell Therapy Tourism

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(p.421) 10 Medical Tourism for Experimental Therapies: An In-Depth Exploration of Stem Cell Therapy Tourism
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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/9780199975099.003.0010

This chapter focuses on patients who travel abroad to receive experimental therapies unavailable in their home country, with a focus on stem cell therapies. This form of medical tourism raises difficult issues about innovation, regulation, hope, and paternalism. The first part of this chapter explains what stem cell therapies are, how they work, and the potential risks in a nontechnical manner. The second part describes the available data on stem cell tourism and the facilities that offer it. The third part examines a series of legal, ethical, and policy issues relating to stem cell tourism: how to design a pathway for innovation that protects patients without stifling the development of these therapies, how to provide effective professional self-regulation, what regulation (if any) home countries should attempt over patients seeking these therapies abroad, and the special difficulties involved when parents seek to take their children abroad for stem cell therapies.

Keywords:   stem cells, children, experimental therapies, regulation, innovation paternalism

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