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This book analyzes trade in medical care goods and services between the United States and Mexico in light of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Its objectives are to document current arrangements in the United States and Mexico with regard to health services and to identify policy issues in both countries that will have to be addressed before even freer trade and collaboration can take place. The book is divided into three parts.
Part 1 addresses trade in health care products and high technology and research issues. Topics covered include international telemedicine applications and efforts to increase binational collaboration in health and medical research.
Part 2 looks into the two related issues of cross-border certification of practitioners and the development of cross-border delivery systems. It addresses such issues as NAFTA and free trade movement of physicians, training and certification of allied health professionals in the two countries, cross-border collaboration in medical practice, and the provision of health services to maquiladora workers.
Part 3 examines health services for elderly U.S. citizens in Mexico and discusses some options for extending Medicare and Medicaid to cover services in Mexico.
The research builds on two earlier LBJ School projects: Health Care across the Border: The Experience of U.S. Citizens in Mexico and The Border Health Authority: Issues and Design.
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