Medical Tourism

The terms "health tourism," "medical tourism," or "health services outsourcing" are often interchangeably used to describe health service provision in another country. The more encompassing concept—"health tourism"—includes all health-seeking behaviors by consumers into another country.

Whether Americans are flocking overseas for medical care remains a question. One estimate put the number at 150,000 in 2006,1 jumping to 750,000 in 2007.2 Nevertheless, the popular press continues to devote articles to this phenomenon that may very well be creating the market.

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