Edited by Neil Lunt, Daniel Horsfall and Johanna Hanefeld
Chapter 35: Medical tourism for services illegal in patients’ home country
While much of the medical tourism literature focuses on individuals travelling abroad for hip replacements, heart valve replacements, cost savings, quality improvements or waiting times, there is a potentially darker side of the industry: medical tourism for services that are illegal in the patient’s home country, what I have elsewhere called ‘Circumvention Tourism’. This chapter focuses on three major forms of circumvention tourism, travel for assisted suicide, abortion and reproductive technologies. After describing these three streams of travel, the chapter discusses several legal issues with them: questions about detection, the assertion by the home country of prescriptive jurisdiction to criminalize the activity when it takes place in the destination country, and the immigration status of children born through medical tourism for reproductive technology.
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