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Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism Paperback – February 9, 2016
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"Hungary’s post-communist elite, led by a flamboyant, well-connected oral surgeon, has developed a sector of skilled dentists. By charging bargain prices, they have created an internationally marketable product. The national government even includes a Medical Tourism Office. ... The story of how Hungary became 'Europe’s dental chair' is a big part of a small, sharp new book ... It reads like a magazine articlefast, entertaining and occasionally funny." The Washington Post
"Issenberg takes a look at the practice and its ramifications for the way people around the world receive health care. He examines examples ranging from a Hungarian dentist who has built an empire out of treating travelers, to heart surgery on the cheap in Thailand, to a backlash against foreign patients in Israel." The Huffington Post
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The story of how Hungary became Europe's dental chair is a case study in the booming practice of medical tourism. It is a rapidly growing business, as patients go in search of lower prices, and some countries have found economic opportunity in turning health care into a global trade. An American with insurance can expect to pay $90,000 for a heart bypass in the U.S., but only $12,000 if he or she travels to Thailand. The question is whether medical tourism represents the future of health care, which traditionally has been a core responsibility of national governments. Sasha Issenberg's acclaimed books, The Sushi Economy and The Victory Lab, were early in identifying changes in the way the world works. A brilliant journalist with a keen eye for significant trends, he now turns his talents to medical tourism, and gives us a funny, vivid, wise narrative that will change the way you think about health care.
- Publisher : Columbia Global Reports; 1st edition (February 9, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0990976386
- ISBN-13 : 978-0990976387
- Item Weight : 5 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.9 x 0.7 x 7.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #387,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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