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Health without borders: medical tourism

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Traveling for health care is not new. For decades people came to the United States to get sophisticated treatments that were not available in their native lands. Now, the traffic flows in many directions, as physicians and hospitals in developing countries begin to catch up with the U.S. Medical travelers numbers are expected to grow as health care costs rise and more people lose their health insurance. A 2008 study by Deloitte Consulting predicted medical tourists could number 6 million by 2010. Even people with insurance sometimes go abroad for treatments if their policy does not cover what they want.

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