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Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

ISBN13: 9780190218188
Published: December 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £44.99
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Can your employer require you to travel to India for a hip replacement as a condition of insurance coverage? If injury results, can you sue the doctor, hospital or insurer for medical malpractice in the country where you live? Can a country prohibit its citizens from helping a relative travel to Switzerland for assisted suicide? What about travel for abortion?

In Patients with Passports, I. Glenn Cohen tackles these important questions, and provides the first comprehensive legal and ethical analysis of medical tourism. 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.

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Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Medical Tourism Industry

Part I: Medical Tourism for Services Legal in the Patient's Home Country
Chapter 2: Quality and Information
Chapter 3: Legal Liability
Chapter 4: Medical Tourism Through Private Health Insurance
Chapter 5: Medical Tourism Through Public Health Insurance: The EU Model and Beyond
Chapter 6: Medical Tourism's Effects on the Destination Country: An Empirical and Ethical Examination.

Part II: Medical Tourism for Services Illegal in the Patient's Home Country
Chapter 7: Transplant Tourism
Chapter 8: Medical Tourism and Ending Life: Travel for Assisted Suicide and Abortion
Chapter 9: Medical Tourism and the Creation of Life: A Study of Fertility Tourism
Chapter 10: Medical Tourism for Experimental Therapies: An In-Depth Exploration of Stem Cell Therapy Tourism.