What Is Medical Tourism?

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With rising medical costs in the US, patients are going abroad to for cheaper care. So what exactly is medical tourism and how big is it?

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Medical Tourism Statistics & Facts
http://www.patientsbeyondborders.com/medical-tourism-statistics-facts
“With medical tourism still in its early stages, gaining reliable data is challenging. ”

Japan’s hospitals weigh overseas branches, medical tourism in search for profit
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/19/national/science-health/japans-hospitals-weigh-overseas-branches-medical-tourism-search-profit/#.Ven4ZhNVgyN
“Mount Fuji, medieval castles and amusement parks are among the most popular destinations for tourists coming to Japan.”

The state of the international organ trade: a provisional picture based on integration of available information
http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/85/12/06-039370/en/
“Organ transplantation is an effective therapy for end-stage organ failure and is widely practised around the world.”

Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/06/16/once-again-u-s-has-most-expensive-least-effective-health-care-system-in-survey/
“There are painful losing streaks that don’t really matter — say, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-game disaster in 1976 and 1977 — and losing streaks that really mean something. ”

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