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Harvard Design Magazine, S/S 2015, No. 40
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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I spent the last six years as a strange kind of tourist. I traveled the globe visiting hospitals. Not just any hospitals, but those participating in the “medical tourism” industry—a booming multi-billion-dollar business based on international travel for the primary purpose of receiving health care in places like Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, India, and Singapore.

The United States has long been a hub for in-bound medical tourism—our best hospitals have always attracted the global rich—but an increasing number of Americans are now traveling abroad for gastric bypass surgery, hip replacements, cosmetic surgery, sex reassignment surgery, cardiac bypass surgery, and many other procedures. In addition to these South-North and North-South flows, there are South-South patient flows (e.g., Yemenis traveling to Jordan, or Indonesians to Malaysia), as well as North-North flows (e.g., Canadians coming to the United States to jump the queue, or the robust inter-EU cross-border health-care regime now enshrined in law). [...]

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