Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

Paperback | November 26, 2014

byI. Glenn Cohen

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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 travelto 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. Othersseek 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 onforeign 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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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 travelto Switzerland for assisted suicide? What ab...

I. Glenn Cohen is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. He is one of the world's leading experts on the intersection of bioethics (or medical ethics), and the law, as well as health law. He also teaches civil procedure. Prior to becoming a pro...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190218185

ISBN - 13:9780190218188

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Preface1. An Introduction to the Medical Tourism IndustryPart I: Medical Tourism for Services Legal in the Patient's Home Country2. Quality and Information3. Legal Liability4. Medical Tourism Through Private Health Insurance5. Medical Tourism Through Public Health Insurance: The EU Model and Beyond6. Medical Tourism's Effects on the Destination Country: An Empirical and Ethical ExaminationPart II: Medical Tourism for Services Illegal in the Patient's Home Country7. Transplant Tourism8. Medical Tourism and Ending Life: Travel for Assisted Suicide and Abortion9. Medical Tourism and the Creation of Life: A Study of Fertility Tourism10. Medical Tourism for Experimental Therapies: An In-Depth Exploration of Stem Cell Therapy TourismIndex