I. Glenn Cohen, Editor. The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues. 2013. New York: Oxford University Press. $95.00. pp. 480. Hardcover. ISBN‐10: 0199917906.

AuthorArnauld Nicogossian
Published date01 June 2014
Date01 June 2014
Book Review
I. Glenn Cohen, Editor. The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues.
2013. New York: Oxford University Press. $95.00. pp. 480. Hardcover. ISBN-10:
The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues addresses many
relatively recent developments and pressing international legal and ethical
concerns. Professor Cohen introduces the essays collected in this book by stating
that the globalization of the health-care market has taken many forms, resulting
in complex interactions. The premise is that health-care services and clinical trials
will claim an ever-increasing share of globalizing commerce and entrepreneur-
ship. These assumptions are justif‌ied by current estimates, that by 2019 the global
health-care market is on a trajectory to reach 32 billion USD, including medical
information technology (IT), and home healthcare. The health-care industry is
expanding, seeking new markets, outlets, and opportunities for investments and
growth. Outsourcing health care, medical education, and offshore biomedical
trials are becoming very attractive and prof‌itable services (Casey, Crooks, Snyder,
& Turner 2013). Offers of low-cost transportation, tourism, and on-demand
competent health-care packages attract patients from countries where long wait
times and affordability are becoming a serious problem (Freyer & Kim, 2014).
Professor Cohen points out that the time is right for an ethical and legal
examination of global health-care services.
In Part I of this book, the authors argue that rising health-care costs and
accessibility are shaping medical tourism, both within and outside national
borders. This nascent, yet lucrative, industry is competing with costlier in-country
medical services faced by many patients of market economy countries. Medical
tourism is a growing multi-billion-dollar industry involving an ever-increasing
number of health insurers, consumer-patients, and also intermediaries helping
with travel and accommodation arrangements. Continued advances in medical
knowledge and worldwide access to information technologies (IT), accelerate
transformation and the construct of traditional practices, whereas developing
nations are now more economically competitive in health-care services. Thus
medical tourism, coupled with advances in transportation, medical IT, and less
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