Nathan Cortez

Medical Tourism: Risky business to seek cheaper health care

nathan-cortez-sm.jpgMore and more Americans are choosing to receive medical treatment — even complicated surgeries — in foreign countries to save big money. The practice is called “medical tourism,” but do the risks to consumers outweigh the savings?

That’s an important question, says Nathan Cortez, SMU Dedman School of Law assistant professor, who is focusing his research in health law on this emerging medical market.

“Patients take a calculated risk by seeking medical care overseas in regulatory systems that may not offer the rights or protections they expect,” Cortez says.
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