Should health systems send patients abroad to save money?

While various options can be explored to rationalize resources in the health sector, delegating certain medical services to foreign hospitals should be assessed in an interdisciplinary context, says Catherine Régis of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Law. If you were offered the possibility of being treated or operated in another country more rapidly and at a lower cost to the government, what would you say? Your answer will probably depend on the country and hospital in question, your family situation, and the quality of care offered. According Régis and her colleagues, the concept of "medical tourism" should be thoroughly analyzed to assess which avenues may -- or may not -- be beneficial and in which legal, ethical, political, and economic frameworks.
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