A Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Report on Medical Tourism

Posted on 22 January 2009

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Authored by Deloitte and publically available from their global site. See the PDF here:

http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/cda/doc/content/Medical%20Tourism%20-%20Asia%20Report%20-%20Web(1).pdf

See figure 2 on page 3 and tell me again that a true free market exists for most Americans seeking health care; considering the magnitude of cost differentials (with the relatively small effective “cost” of the travel burden aside), it’s obvious that the situation has not historically behaved like a market at all. As middle-class incomes continue to wain and health care costs continue to rise, the perspectives will change: the time and effort burden of travel will grow smaller and smaller. It’s just about time for international providers to step up…

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