The Take Away with John Hockenberry and Celeste Headlee is a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International, in collaboration with The BBC World Service, New York Times Radio and WGBH Boston.

On Thursday, April 12, 2012 the radio show covered “The Rise of Medical Tourism’.

In 2012, hundreds of thousands of Americans will go abroad, not to see historic landmarks or experience a new culture and cuisine, but to receive affordable, high quality medical care.

These medical tourists will travel to Mexico, Thailand, Costa Rica and other countries for treatment such as root canals, weight loss surgery and hip replacements. Whilst this kind of tourism has been taking place for decades, it has become increasingly popular as health-care costs in the U.S. continue to go up. And if Obamacare is overturned by the Supreme Court more Americans might soon become medical tourists too.

Speakers on the show are:
Paul Vehorn: A behavioral psychologist, host of the Paul Vehorn radio show, and a medical tourist who visited Thailand for two different procedures and is very positive about his experiences.

James Surowiecki: A journalist with the New Yorker. He looks at what the larger economic implications of medical tourism may be in his article entitled “Club Med.”

Click play to listen to the informative show on medical tourism.

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