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What’s the Effect of Medical Tourism on Houston?

Medical tourism — it’s not as fun as the term “tourism” implies. It simply means people leaving their homes to seek medical care elsewhere. It could be in another city or even another country. That happens quite a bit in Houston, home of the Texas Medical Center. But how much do visitors seeking medical treatment […]

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Medical tourism — it’s not as fun as the term “tourism” implies. It simply means people leaving their homes to seek medical care elsewhere. It could be in another city or even another country. That happens quite a bit in Houston, home of the Texas Medical Center.

But how much do visitors seeking medical treatment affect life in Greater Houston? HowÂdo they affect the area economy? And what are all the specialized services and scenarios that arise to meet their needs?

David Vequist,ÂFounder and Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research in San Antonio, joins us to discuss these questions.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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