Radio Sputnik Interview: Medical Tourism image

Radio Sputnik, August 19, 2016
Interview with I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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As health care costs continue to rise in the United States, more and more Americans are now opting for alternatives abroad. Patients Beyond Borders has recently estimated that more than a million of Americans is planning to leave the country for medical treatment this year. Citizens as well as their employers and even insurance companies prefer medical tourism as a fine way to save money. The potential savings are indeed huge. For example, a knee replacement would cost from thirty to sixty thousand dollars in the U.S., while one can have a similar surgery in Costa Rica or India for less than twenty three thousand. Apart from cost-effectiveness, some medical tourists organize such trips to have a treatment that is not approved in the U.S. or simply because they’ll have to wait for the procedure less. This all has made medical tourism a boosting industry now. According to the latest report by Visa and Oxford Economics, the area was valued at more than four hundred billion dollars last year alone. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Glenn Cohen, Harvard Professor and author of several books, such as “Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics” and "The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Challenges".

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