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Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism

(Columbia Global Reports)

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Today more people travel to Hungary for dental care than to any other country in Europe. The fascinating story of how Hungary became Europe's dental chair is a case study in medical tourism, which has become a growing multi-billion-dollar industry -- exploding in places as varied as India, Brazil, Korea, and Costa Rica -- as countries rewrite laws to compete for patients. ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Columbia Global Reports
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Javier Boncompte
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I found this book because I had previously read other works from the author and I was impressed by his writing and capacity to immerse into an unfamiliar topic. However, this book fails to deliver what his other books did. It might the that it is too short or that my expectations on such a promising issue as medical tourism were too high. Despite this, it is an exciting book with enjoyable anecdotes and remarkably easy to read.

My main critique is that the author focused too much on Eastern Euro
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Amy
So, I was disappointed by Outpatients. I read this book expected a short but informative read about medical tourism (causes, effects, implications, etcetera), but I got a kind of disjointed story - mostly about dentistry in Hungary - instead. Aside from the back-cover write up, Outpatients didn't have a clear thesis running through the text itself. Also, while some parts were educational, the whole book read like a particularly long, aimless article. Before actually reading Outpatients, I had th ...more
Kelli
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
As many others mentioned, Issenberg's focus is not entirely on global medical tourism but in particular that of Europe with a specific focus on Hungarian dentists for most of the book. There are short snippets of other countries or medical tourism facts but they are sparse and are thrown here and there.

The book is relatively short so it would have been nice to have expanded to maybe discuss other countries, especially since he brought some examples up numerous times (like that of Bangkok's inter
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Mary
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Outpatients is a good introductory book on medical tourism. I found the contents interesting and easy to read, despite some complex details. There are large economic impacts of medical tourism, and I had no idea what was really going on in the world. I'm grateful to the author for revealing this situation to me. What I found disappointing is that the book seemed to focus on just a few places in the world, and I would've liked to read more on the overall global picture. The author was good enough ...more
Karla Winick-Ford
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Things are different today. This was a different read for me. Interesting. Could have lived without it. Gained some perspective as a result. Not bad. Just not my wheelhouse to speak critically on. Read and decide for yourself.
Dustin
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was raised on fiction. The phrase medical tourism conjures thoughts of experimental procedures in tropical locations that could either cure you or turn you into a werewolf. The reality of medical tourism is focused on economics rather than spidey sense, but its intricacies are novel in their own right. Issenberg notes that when we are sick, we are at our most vulnerable. This is when it's most important to be at home and surrounded by family and friends. Most people who travel for medical care ...more
Heidi
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Medical tourism is what peaked my interest in this reading material. I've heard stories about how people will go to South Korea to get plastic surgery because it's cheaper and more widespread there.

But Issenberg only focused on Europe. Particularly, Hungarian dentists.

How to make a book about medical tourism more interesting: economics and dentists. Oooo. I can hardly contain myself.

It offered interesting insight into the problems faced in the healthcare system and the different methods diffe
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