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Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics Paperback – 15 October 2014
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Medical tourism is a growing multi-billion dollar industry involving millions of patients who travel abroad each year to get health care. Some seek legitimate services like hip replacements and travel to avoid queues, save money, or because their insurer has given them an incentive to do so. Others seek to circumvent prohibitions on accessing services at home and go abroad to receive abortions, assisted suicide, commercial surrogacy, or experimental stem cell treatments.
In this book, author I. Glenn Cohen focuses on patients traveling for cardiac bypass and other legal services to places like India, Thailand, and Mexico, and analyzes issues of quality of care, disease transmission, liability, private and public health insurance, and the effects of this trade on foreign health care systems. He goes on to examine medical tourism for services illegal in the patient's home country, such as organ purchase, abortion, assisted suicide, fertility services, and experimental stem cell treatments. Here, Cohen examines issues such as extraterritorial criminalization, exploitation, immigration, and the protection of children. Through compelling narratives, expert data, and industry explanations Patients with Passports enables the reader to connect with the most prevalent legal and ethical issues facing medical tourism today.
About the Author
- Publisher : OUP USA; 1st edition (15 October 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0190218185
- ISBN-13 : 978-0190218188
- Item Weight : 680 g
- Dimensions : 22.86 x 3.81 x 15.49 cm
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Top reviews from other countries
-What is driving the growth of medical tourism
-The dynamics of patient flows from region to region
-Real life patient experiences
-The role of public and private insurance in sponsoring medical tourism
-Ethical, legal and moral obligations of facilitators and providers in assisting or delivering care to medical tourists
-How to regulate services illegal in certain countries (e.g., assisted suicide, stem cell treatment)
While the bulk of the book focuses on the latter two issues, there is plenty of information and analysis in here that makes you think from a business perspective as well.
A recommended read to anyone who currently works in or plans to enter the industry.