The Dangerous Practice of Seeking Medical Treatments Abroad

October 26, 2016

(Vice) – Calcagno’s decision to seek treatment outside of the United States is not unique. An estimated 1.4 million Americans will make the same choice this year, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes “medical tourism” will show extreme growth over the next decade.  Some, like Calcagno, will end up outside of the country due to general mistrust of American doctors (Calcagno feared treatments like chemotherapy were toxic). Others, failed by the traditional methods, will travel seeking experimental, alternative medical practices.