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Patients with PassportsMedical Tourism, Law, and Ethics$
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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’s Effects on the Destination Country: An Empirical and Ethical Examination

Medical Tourism’s Effects on the Destination Country: An Empirical and Ethical Examination

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(p.207) 6 Medical Tourism’s Effects on the Destination Country: An Empirical and Ethical Examination
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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/9780199975099.003.0006

In this chapter, the focus shifts to consider medical tourism from the destination country perspective. A number of authors, scholarly and popular, have critiqued medical tourism’s inequities: vast medico-industrial complexes, replete with the newest expensive technologies to provide comparatively wealthy medical tourists with hip replacements and facelifts, coexist with large swaths of the population dying from malaria, AIDS, and lack of basic sanitation and clean water. These disparities raise several interesting fundamental questions that are the subject of this chapter: first, under what conditions is medical tourism likely to produce negative consequences on health care access in less developed destination countries, and is there good evidence it is having that effect? Second, as a moral matter of global justice, what responsibility do home countries and others bear for health care access disparities related to medical tourism? And finally, what kinds of regulations might best ameliorate such potential negative consequences?

Keywords:   global justice, disparities, less developed countries, medical tourism, health care access

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