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Medical tourism is on the rise. According to a comprehensive new study by Grail Research in Cambridge, Mass., people are traveling internationally in search of more affordable health-care, better quality care, and better access to care. The result is a global market for medical tourism expected to grow at nine percent through 2012.

Compared to the cost of U.S. healthcare procedures, some destination countries reportedly can provide the same health-care services at much lower cost. Compound this with almost 46 million U.S. citizens without health insurance and the multitude of under-insured people, and it is clear to see the primary driver of this trend — dollars. Also adding to the wider acceptance is the rise of state-of-the art facilities and high standards of treatment in destination countries.

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