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.
Presented by Columbia Global Reports and the Committee on Global Thought, "Planes, Trains, and Root Canals" is a discussion on the new world of medical tourism. The discussion will center on Columbia Global Reports's latest book, Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism. The panel will feature the book's author, Sasha Issenberg, and University Professor Michael W. Doyle, Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and Member of the Committee on Global Thought. The discussion will be moderated by Nicholas Lemann, Director of Columbia Global Reports and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism.
“In Switzerland, you get chocolates and watches. In Hungary, you get dentistry.”