Medical Center Hour – February 10, 2016 Patients with Passports

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
12:30-1:30 pm
Jordan Conference Center Auditorium
University of Virginia School of Medicine

A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture
Ethical and Legal Issues in Medical Tourism


Glenn Cohen JD
Professor, Harvard Law School, and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Cambridge MA

            Medical tourism is a growing multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of patients go abroad each year to get health care. Some seek legitimate services like hip replacements or bypass surgery and travel to avoid queues, save money, or because their insurer gives them incentives or requires them to do so. Others seek services prohibited or unavailable at home, including abortions, assisted suicide, commercial surrogacy, and experimental treatments.

            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—in your own country—the doctor, hospital, or insurer involved? Can a country prohibit its citizens from traveling to Switzerland for assisted suicide?

           In this Medical Center Hour, I. Glenn Cohen, author of Patients with Passports, tackles such questions, and gives a comprehensive legal and ethical analysis of medical tourism.

Co-presented with the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, UVA

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