February 10, 2016

Planes, Trains, and Root Canals: The new world of medical tourism

Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105

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.

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