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An Overview of Guatemala’s Medical Tourism Industry. version 2.0

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In this report we offer some general information on Guatemala and its health system before going into detail about key developments in its medical tourism industry. Complementing the main text, four Appendices provide additional detailed insights. Appendix 1 offers a synthesis of media coverage of medical tourism in Guatemala's main newspapers in recent years. In Appendix 2 we share a summary of policy documents central to medical tourism in Guatemala. In both of these Appendices we consider five health equity indicators most often discussed in the medical tourism literature: (1) impacts on health human resources; (2) government involvement in the industry; (3) foreign investment in the industry; (4) impacts on private health care; and (5) impacts on public health care. In Appendix 3 we provide maps of medical tourism facilities in the country. Finally, trade and investment treaties in Guatemala are provided in Appendix 4.
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