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Global Medical Tourism Fails On Quality Care To International Travelers.

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Medical tourism is at a crossroads.

The medical tourism industry has failed to live up to its promise to medical travelers of delivering better quality treatment and care for anyone seeking to travel to a foreign country for health care. Read more…

How Much Does Commercial Surrogacy Cost?

total cost(Commercial Surrogacy Tourism, part 4)

Surrogacy tourism, like other medical travel services, is commonly promoted to be a “fraction of the cost” of commercial surrogacy in the U.S.

Yet, like other medical services, commercial surrogacy does not necessarily cost the oft-quoted US$70,000-$150,000.

A bonus of Obamacare gives a surrogate who in the past may not have had medical insurance the chance to sign with one of the state health Read more…

Is Commercial Surrogacy Tourism So Bad?

how large market surrogacy(Commercial Surrogacy Tourism, part 2)

If there is no law against commercial surrogacy, can you break the law?

In Thailand, some ten years ago, a law had been proposed to parliament to ban commercial surrogacy, but it was not enacted.

When, in 2011, Thai doctors were involved in a case of Vietnamese women being used as surrogates in Thailand on behalf of a Taiwan agency, the law was brought up again but still not passed.

The Medical Council of Thailand has certain strictures against commercial surrogacy but these are ethical and moral considerations, not legal ones. Read more…

With Thailand Shut Down, Is Commercial Surrogacy Tourism Dead?

surrogate babies(Commercial Surrogacy Tourism, part 1)

1,000 babies are born annually in Thailand to surrogates on behalf of foreign couples and individuals.

Worldwide, an estimated 6,000 babies were born last year via commercial surrogacy tourism.

Yet seemingly overnight last month, police in Thailand shut down clinics, stopped parents with newborn infants from getting on flights out of the country, and sent some newborns off to orphanages.

Surrogacy services in Thailand have been available to all couples, foreign and domestic, gay or straight, and Read more…