One major effect of the federal health reform law will be an increase in medical tourism, according to an investigative journalist and author.
James R. Goldberg, author of “The American Medical Money Machine: The Destruction of Healthcare in American and The Rise of Medical Tourism, is warning patients that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will force people to seek medical care at better rates in other countries.
“There is a trending worldwide movement whereby people seeking reduced-cost medical treatments are traveling to countries enthusiastically promoting what they generally refer to as medical tourism,” Goldberg said in a statement released through his publisher, Homonculus Press.
He added that the health insurance exchanges, where people will be able to compare policies, buy coverage and obtain federal subsidies, starting in 2014, will . mean “millions of new customers will be forced to buy policies from private insurance companies.”