Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Business & Economics - 343 pages
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Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook provides an accessible overview of the state of medical tourism, written from a balanced, unbiased perspective. The authors provide relevant social context for this controversial topic, discussing the state of extremely limited research data on medical tourism; the ethical issues involved, such as traveling to have a black-market organ transplanted; and the significant impact of medical tourism on health care systems--that of the United States, and those of the destination countries.

The book highlights many contemporary problems, controversies, and implications of medical tourism both for individuals and health care systems, and presents thought-provoking potential solutions. The topic of medical tourism is also addressed against the backdrop of current healthcare reforms in the United States. Readers can reference a wealth of additional material on medical tourism, ranging from original documents to extensive directories of selected organizations and resources.

 

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Contents

1 Background and History
1
2 Problems Controversies and Solutions
35
3 Worldwide Perspective or Special US Issues
81
4 Chronology
119
5 Medical Care ProvidersOrganizational Biographies
145
6 Data and Documents
171
7 Directory of Organizations
213
8 Resources
253
Glossary
313
Index
319
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Kathy Stolley, PhD, is Batten Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk. She was editor-in-chief of the applied sociology journal Social Insight: Knowledge at Work. Her published works include Greenwood's The Basics of Sociology and HIV/AIDS.

Stephanie Watson is an experienced freelance writer and editor specializing in health and science. Her published works include The Genetics of Obesity; The Mechanisms of Genetics: An Anthology of Current Thought; and Spina Bifida.

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