Medical tourism in India: sun and surgery packages pros and cons

Here’s an article on medical tourism in India that discusses some of the conditions that keep people away from India for healthcare:

1. garbage, pollution and waste matter remains

2. murderous driving of ill-disciplined traffic

3. regular outbreaks of dengue fever (numerous cases in 2006 actually originated within the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi itself)

4. the appearance of chikungunya, the presence of drug-resistant malaria and tuberculosis

5. the appalling state of health care for the majority of the people of India, particularly those who cannot afford the “Third World prices” which are supposed to be such an attraction to the modestly affluent Westerner.

The article also mentions why some people travel to India anyway with a pretty strong example:

The Washington Post recently reported the case of a carpenter, one of the 40 million Americans without healthcare insurance, the remedy for whose heart condition would have cost $200,000 in the USA. He made his own arrangements with the Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi, where for $10,000, his faulty heart valve was replaced by one harvested from a pig. Included in the price was a sightseeing trip to the Taj Mahal. This is described by the Indian health care companies as “First World Health Care at Third World prices”.

Some related blog entries: the Jude Jarvis tummy tuck tragedy, medical tourism in India, and more medical tourism blog entries.

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