Navigating Physicians’ Ethical and Legal Duties to Patients Seeking Unproven Interventions Abroad

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Final version was published in Canadian Family Physician (July 2015). 61: 584-6. http://www.cfp.ca/content/61/7/584.full

Date created: 
2015-07
Keywords: 
Medical tourism
Physicians' duties to patients
Ethical guidance
Abstract: 

Medical tourism (MT), the practice of traveling to another country to access medical care that is paid for out of pocket, has received considerable attention in the Canadian news media.Media and industry information sources, which are commonly accessed by medical tourists, might inadequately inform Canadians about MT safety concerns. As a result, there is concern among Canadian physicians and health and safety professionals that prospective medical tourists might not be well placed to make informed decisions about their care. As gatekeepers in the health care system and the first source of interaction between the health care system and patients, family physicians are well positioned to inform Canadians about these safety risks.

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English
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Article
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