issues and experts

Medical Outlaws or Medical Refugees?

November 24, 2015

Harvard University professor Glenn Cohen will be in Vancouver on Nov. 26 to discuss legal and ethical issues relating to patients who seek illegal medical services in foreign countries

Abortion, female genital cutting, assisted suicide and purchased organs…these are all illegal medical services that patients are increasingly seeking in foreign countries.

Medical tourism is a growing multi-billion-dollar industry involving hundreds of thousands of patients each year.

On Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Harvard University professor Glenn Cohen, one of the world’s leading experts in bioethics and health law, will deliver a free public lecture, “Medical Outlaws or Medical Refugees?” at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

The lecture, part of SFU’s President’s Dream Colloquium on medical tourism, will address the ethical and legal issues related to patients travelling to foreign countries to receive medical treatments that are either illegal in their home countries, or illegal in their own and the destination country.

Call Professor Jeremy Snyder, of SFU’s Medical Tourism Research Group and the Faculty of Health Sciences, to arrange an interview with Glenn Cohen, who is available on Thursday, Nov. 26 in Vancouver.
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