Virtual hitchhiker's guide to the medical universe

Published: October, 2008

Armchair exploration of foreign health care systems can be almost as enlightening as an actual visit.

Medical tourism, the practice of combining medical treatment with vacationing, is growing at a staggering rate. Of course, like much international travel, medical tourism is for the adventuresome. If you're among the more cautious, there's a safe way to sample the health wisdom of other nations from the comfort of your armchair: the Internet. For our tour, we chose English-language Web sites from 12 countries. All are produced or vetted by the central health agencies of the countries featured.

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