This is one of the first times a U.S. state has considered marketing itself as a medical tourism destination

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers are considering a measure to allocate $5 million annually in state funds to add medical tourism to the list of state attractions.

The money would go to promote a combination of hospitality and medical care to people from places both domestic and foreign, including the Middle East, the Caribbean and Europe.

Although U.S. residents have for years sought treatment overseas to save money, this is one of the first times a U.S. state has considered marketing itself as a medical tourism destination, according to a trade association.

A Kansas-based medical management firm is now turning the former Metropolitan Hospital of Miami into a medical tourist destination.

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