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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 do so because they cannot afford the care they need at home, or its not available.

When people travel of necessity for healthcare, medical tourism begins to be a cause of tighter global relations rather than a result of it. Issenberg describes healthcare as one of the most entrenched institutions that the EU has been unable to integrate. How can national single-player and privatized healthcare systems coexist in a pan-European system of unrestricted migration Who should pay for the healthcare of Friedrich Jauch, a Bavarian citizen who spent five decades working across the nearby border with Austria

As much as I enjoyed the intricacies of Isenberg's musings on healthcare and globalization, I wish that he had chosen a more interesting case study for this book. Dentistry has become a commodity that escapes local customs and culture. How do popular plastic surgery destinations like South Korea adapt to the different notions of beauty of a global clientele How do countries that specialize in organ transplants justify giving these limited resources to foreigners when they could go to a friend or a neighbor who needs it to save their life Healthcare has an economic component, but it is also the most personal and human service we have.

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