A Discussion on the New World of Medical Tourism:
Planes, Trains, and Root Canals
February 10, 2016 · 6-7PM
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, room 105
- Sasha Issenberg, author of “Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism”
- Michael W. Doyle, University Professor, Director of Columbia Global Policy Initiative, Member of the Committee on Global Thought
- Nicholas Lemann, Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism, Director of Columbia Global Reports
Medical tourism is growing rapidly. The question is whether it represents the future of healthcare, which traditionally, at least in the developed world, has been a core responsibility of national governments. The tie between where a company has its headquarters and where it manufactures its products was broken long ago. It may be that people will start outsourcing their checkups and operations to the lowest provider, no matter where, in the same way. And that will mean that the purpose of government will have to change too.
On February 10, 2016, Columbia Global Reports and the Committee on Global Thought welcomed “Outpatients” author Sasha Issenberg, Columbia University Professor and Committee on Global Thought member Michael Doyle, and Director of Columbia Global Reports Nicholas Lemann, to a panel discussion on medical tourism, global healthcare, and Issenberg’s new book “Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism.” The discussion took place from 6-7PM at Columbia Law School Jerome Greene Hall, room 105.