2011-2012 Colloquium Series
Allyson Goldberg (MS Candidate, UCB - UCSF Joint Medical Program), will present "Exploring the Impacts of Medical Tourism"
Friday, November 18, 4:00 PM
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall
University of California, Berkeley
The practice of traveling in search of better medical care is centuries old. Around the world, patients have been traveling to healers in faraway places, to climates more conducive to their conditions, and most recently, for health care in nations and facilities that offer services unavailable to them at home. Traditionally, the U.S. has been a major destination for international patient travelers. However, as health care costs continue to rise, and millions of Americans remain uninsured, patients are redirecting to developing countries, and Americans are traveling with them. A new ‘medical tourism’ industry, offering cheaper surgeries and exotic vacations, has been born. This talk will explore some of the history of medical tourism, the perspectives of its stakeholders, the structural issues that contextualize this multi-billion dollar industry, and will ultimately focus on India, the 'destination nation' currently considered to provide the best value for services.
Allyson is a master's degree candidate in the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Her research on medical tourism grew out of two years living in Hong Kong and traveling in other parts of Asia, and it sits at the nexus of her interests in global health and international development, health reform and health policy. The focus of her thesis work is on medical tourism in India.