Medical Tourism: The Market Vs. Morality

Medical Tourism: The Market Vs. Morality
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When the floor was opened up for questioning during the year-end economic briefing of the Philippine Central Bank, an indignant member of the Philippine stock exchange asked Socioeconomic Secretary Augusto...

Jason Tan
  • 10 february 2006

When the floor was opened up for questioning during the year-end economic briefing of the Philippine Central Bank, an indignant member of the Philippine stock exchange asked Socioeconomic Secretary Augusto B. Santos why the government was supporting medical transplants as part of their aggressive medical tourism plan. There are two main concerns that stem from this. The first and more obvious one is that the government will condone a depletion of Filipino organs for Filipino recipients in favor of higher paying foreign visitors. The second is that swapping kidneys and retinas for money is already disturbingly regular among the impoverished majority. The introduction of foreign buyers could escalate this trend into even more alarming levels.

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