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Ethical and Legal Implications of the Risks of Medical Tourism for Patients: A Qualitative Study of Canadian Health and Safety Representatives' Perspectives


Valorie Crooks


Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Geography

Leigh Turner


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Public Health

I. Glenn Cohen


Harvard Law School

Janet Bristeir


Registered Nurse & Independent Researcher

Jeremy Snyder


Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Victoria Casey


Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Geography

Rebecca Whitmore


Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Geography

December 21, 2012

BMJ Open, Vol. 3, 2013

Abstract:     
Medical tourism involves patients’ intentional travel to privately obtain medical care in another country. Empirical evidence regarding health and safety risks facing medical tourists is limited. Consideration of this issue is dominated by speculation and lacks meaningful input from people with specific expertise in patient health and safety. We consulted with patient health and safety experts in the Canadian province of British Columbia to explore their views concerning risks that medical tourists may be exposed to. Herein, we report on the findings, linking them to existing ethical and legal issues associated with medical tourism.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 9

Keywords: Medical Tourism, Health Care, Globalization, Safety, Infection, Public Health, Law, Bioethics

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Date posted: February 13, 2013  

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Crooks, Valorie and Turner , Leigh and Cohen, I. Glenn and Bristeir, Janet and Snyder, Jeremy and Casey, Victoria and Whitmore, Rebecca, Ethical and Legal Implications of the Risks of Medical Tourism for Patients: A Qualitative Study of Canadian Health and Safety Representatives' Perspectives (December 21, 2012). BMJ Open, Vol. 3, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2216889

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Valorie Crooks
Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Geography ( email )
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada
Leigh Turner
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Public Health ( email )
15-223 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
Box 729, 420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0392
United States
I. Glenn Cohen (Contact Author)
Harvard Law School ( email )
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Griswold Hall 503
Cambridge, 02138
United States
Janet Bristeir
Registered Nurse & Independent Researcher ( email )
Vancouver
Canada
Jeremy Snyder
Simon Fraser University (SFU) ( email )
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada
Victoria Casey
Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Geography ( email )
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada
Rebecca Whitmore
Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Geography ( email )
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada
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