Exploring the virtual medical universe

Despite the weak dollar, a growing number of Americans are traveling overseas for less expensive medical care. But there's another way to become a so-called medical tourist, without a passport, luggage, or even leaving your house, notes the October 2008 issue of the Harvard Health Letter. All you need for this version of medical globe-trotting is a computer, an Internet connection, and some curiosity.

Many countries have created English-language health Web sites produced or vetted by their health agencies. The Health Letter explores a dozen of them. These Web sites provide a window into country-specific health concerns and insight into how health care delivery and attitudes vary by country. Some also offer nuggets of advice and helpful programs of universal interest. Some examples:

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