All indications point to the growth of medical tourism The rise of medical tourism as a health care option . According to Wikipedia “In First World countries like the United States medical tourism has large growth prospects and potentially destabilizing implications”, including the possibility of billions of health care dollars in lost revenue. Meanwhile, the debate on health care in the US rages on, Important decisions looming for states on medical care reform - Seattle Retirement Living | Examiner.com.
In assessing the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care reform on medical tourism, Joseph Woodman of the Huffington Post discussed the possibility of a decrease in medical tourism in the short term, but a return to growth in the long term, Josef Woodman: How Will Health Care Reform Affect Americans Traveling for Care?
There is also the potential competitiveness and possible commoditization of health care on an international scale. As the world changes Americans may vote with their feet, especially if health care does not change to meet needs. As an example of American anger is the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, in which Americans moved funds from banks to credit unions. Further, no amount of lobbying or resistance may change what has been set in motion, thus politicians might be wise to take note.
For additional information and tips see also Medical Tourism Tips For Americans Thinking Of Overseas Treatment. Wikipedia is also a good source for information on international healthcare accreditation, process, risks and health care in different countries, Medical tourism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia as well as paid newsletters, such as International Living and Live and Invest Overseas.