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A Bangladeshi man named Babul undergoes treatment at a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The inclusion of a tax on medical devices has opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act arguing that manufacturers will be less inclined to pursue new life-saving and cost-cutting technologies. In response, some health professionals are looking to developing nations — where expensive treatments remain financially unrealistic — for inspiration.

It is known as “reverse innovation” — the idea that doctors who assist in providing care in developing countries often return with fresh approaches to treatment — and it’s becoming more common as costs in the United States continue to rise.

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