NAFTA, Work Comp and Cross-Border Medical Care: A Legal View

Here is a blog post from David DePaolo that has a bearing on cross-border medical tourism between the US and Mexico, and how workers’ compensation is impacted by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The legal case cited by David is the reverse of one of the cases I cited in my White Paper, Legal Barriers to Implementing International Medical Providers into Medical Provider Networks for Workers’ Compensation. It also follows up with my earlier post, Do “Free Trade” Agreements Help or Hinder Medical Tourism and its Implementation into Workers’ Compensation?

And on the heels of my post, Cross-border Workers’ Compensation A Reality In California, it would seem that rather than being an hinderance to medical tourism across the US border, NAFTA is opening it up in both directions.

Would that other trade agreements allow for more medical tourism into the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean, and that state work comp laws, rules and regulations be amended to open the system to lower cost, higher quality medical care abroad that medical tourism can provide.


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Have worked in the Insurance and Risk Management industry for more than thirty years in New York, Florida and Texas in the Claims and Risk Management spheres, primarily in Workers’ Compensation Claims, Auto No-Fault and Property & Casualty Claims Administration and Claims Management. Have experience in Risk and Insurance Business Analysis, Risk Management Information Systems, and Insurance Data Processing and Data Management. Received my Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in December 2011. Received my Master of Arts (MA) degree in American History from New York University, and received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Liberal Arts (Political Science/History/Social Sciences) from SUNY Brockport. I have studied World History, Global Politics, and have a strong interest in the future of human civilization in all aspects; economic, political and social. I am looking for new opportunities that will utilize my previous experience and MHA degree. I am available for speaking engagements and am willing to travel. LinkedIn Profile: Resume:

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