Medical Tourism: The Insurance Debate

Most insurers balk at covering medical procedures performed overseas, but some are exploring the option
A room at Bangkok Hospital Phuket. 1.5 million medical tourists traveled to Thailand in 2007. Thailand Ministry of Public Health

Twenty years ago, an American needing knee surgery probably wouldn't think of jetting off to India for the operation. But times keep changing, health insurance costs keep rising, and Kumar Jagadeesan can cite a statistic that has led many patients to jump aboard a plane.

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