Medical Tourism

Authored by: I. Glenn Cohen

The Routledge Companion to Bioethics

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415896665
eBook ISBN: 9780203804971
Adobe ISBN: 9781136644849


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Health care has ceased to be a set of goods and services delivered only locally; it is now a truly globalized phenomenon, including medical migration—the “brain drain” of health care practitioners, largely from the developing to the developed world; telemedicine; multi-regional clinical trials; the global intellectual property regime that both facilitates innovation and stymies access to drugs; and the flow of tissues, including pandemic influenza vaccine strains. This chapter focuses on one part of this globalization: Medical tourism.

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