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What Obama's Affordable Care Act means for the world's hospitals

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Sitting in blue scrubs in a hospital room, plastic surgeon Christian Rivera ponders a potential sea change for this Central American country’s private hospitals triggered by health care reform in the United States. That’s because his profession thrives on uninsured US citizens looking for cheaper care abroad. So what happens to medical tourism when Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act grants almost all US citizens health insurance by 2014? Rivera hopes he has a positive answer.
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