2/23/2016, Sasha Issenberg

'In Switzerland, You Get Chocolates and Watches. In Hungary, You Get Dentistry.'

'In Switzerland, You Get Chocolates and Watches. In Hungary, You Get Dentistry.'

Among the regular cast of characters who populate the pages of Hungary’s newspapers and magazines, the one whose fame is hardest to understand in a country long proud of its disproportionate share of Olympic medals and Nobel Prizes may be the man usually identified simply as the prime minister’s dentist. Bela Batorfi’s rise to fame can… more

2/17/2016, Sasha Issenberg

How Medical Travel Turned Into a Gold Rush

How Medical Travel Turned Into a Gold Rush

The Tokushukai Medical Corporation operates more than 280 hospitals in Japan, enough for the company to often find itself described as the world’s largest hospital chain. In 2006, Tokushukai opened its first overseas facility, in Bulgaria, and I had been prepared for its incongruity amid the dreary blocks south of Sofia’s downtown. “If you drive… more