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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