Medical Tourism: U.S. Providers Weigh In

Law360, New York (July 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On June 16, 2008, at its annual policy-making meeting, the American Medical Association (“AMA”) adopted guidelines for medical tourism. The guidelines, described in an AMA press release as a first-of-its-kind, address the phenomenon of U.S. residents traveling abroad for medical care – so-called “medical tourism” or “medical travel.”

The timing of the adoption of the AMA guidelines is not unexpected, as U.S. health insurance companies and employers begin to actively consider incorporating medical tourism into their health benefit programs.

Medical tourism is not a new phenomenon....
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