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Philippines bans kidney transplant ‘tourism’

The Philippines today announced a ban on kidney transplants involving overseas patients in an effort to stamp out the murky organ trade, which preys on some of the country's most vulnerable and impoverished people. The thriving "transplant tourism" trade made the Philippines one of the world's cheapest places for wealthy foreign patients seeking to buy a new kidney.

Organ scam gives medical tourism a bad rap in Canada

TORONTO - With the unearthing of the Gurgaon kidney transplant racket, medical tourism has got a bad name in Canada, where the alleged kingpin of the scam reportedly has business interests, tour operators here said. The case of Amit Kumar "gives medical tourism a bad rap," Aruna Thurairajan, owner of a medical tourism firm, said.