Controversy follows medical tourism’s top couple

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism, and he has blogged for Covering Health ever since.

Reuters’ Brendan Borrell profiles Jonathan Edelheit and Renée-Marie Stephano, the 37-year-old lawyers who founded the Medical Tourism Association in 2007 and have ruled the industry ever since. A growing number of industry insiders are grumbling about the couple and their role as the faces of medical tourism.

They cite the couple’s repeated threats of lawsuits, the accusations of unauthorized and sketchy insurance sales that forced Edelheit to cease operations in the state of Washington, and their powerful annual industry conference which critics say enrich Edelheit and Stephano rather than the association or industry.

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