Recommended Readings

If you are interested in learning more about international medical travel and/or health along the US/Mexico border, below are some very interesting articles and books.

Medical Travel

Bookman, M.Z. and Bookman, K.R. Medical Tourism in Developing Countries. New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007.

Kangas, Beth. "Hope from Abroad in the International Medical Travel of Yemeni Patients." Anthropology & Medicine 14, no. 3 (2007): 293-305.

Sobo, Elisa J., Herlihy Elizabeth, and Mary Bicker. "Selling Medical Travel to US Patient-Consumers: The Cultural Appeal of Website Marketing Messages." Anthropology & Medicine 18, no. 1 (2011): 119-136.

Whittaker, Andrea, and Amy Speier. ""Cycling Overseas": Care, Commodification, and Stratification in Cross-Border Reproductive Travel." Medical Anthropology 29, no. 4 (2010): 363-383.

US/Mexico Border Health

Koo, Pattii, and Felix Koo. "Poverty and Health on the Border." Texas Journal of Rural Health 3 (2004): 38-51.

Meril, Robert Lee. The Poorest of Americans. Notre Dame, IA: University of Notre Dame Press, 1989.

Vogel, Ronald J. "Crossing the Border for Health Care ." Journal of Borderland Studies 10 (1995): 10-44.

Warner, David. "The Medical Care Systems in Mexico and the United States: Convergence or Deterioration? The View from the Border." In Life, Death and In-Between on the US/Mexico Border, edited by Martha Oehmke Loustaunau and Mary Scahchez-Bane, 177-190. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey, 1999.

Warner, David, and Pablo Schneider. Cross-Border Health Insurance Options for Texas. US-Mexican Policy Study Series, Inter-American Policy Studies Program, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 2004.

Medical Travel Facilitators

Medical travel facilitators are companies that specialize in connecting patients with medical providers in foreign countries. Often they assist foreign medical providers with advertising and patients with travel services. There is a tremendous diversity within the practice. Below are some examples of companies that send patients to Mexico, India, and Australia among other places.

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