More on the globalized market for provision of health services

Posted on 18 February 2009


…otherwise known as “medical tourism;” from Bob Wachter’s blog:

Of course, sensitive to the politics, it is unlikely that any of them will flat-out force their customers/employees to travel to Thailand or Singapore. The pressure will be more subtle: with savings of tens-of-thousands of dollars per case at stake, there is enough money around to waive patient co-pays, give insurance discounts to employers, and cover travel expenses – including in-flight drinks and headphones – and still come out way ahead.

Wachter suggests the following reading: