Surgery and samosas

In these hard times, who wouldn’t want to kill two costly birds with one stone, that is, get good medical care and a trip to the Taj Mahal in one go. With all America’s health care woes, the following idea seems to have plenty of merit.

The health insurer Wellpoint is testing a new program that gives covered patients the option of going to India for elective surgery, with no out-of-pocket medical costs and free travel for both the patient and a companion. (Full story here.)

A critic of the program says “Everyone is just waiting for the one horrible case to happen over there and then everyone will stop thinking this is such a great idea.”

Sour grapes? It’s not as if “horrible cases” haven’t happened in American hospitals before. It’s not enough that Indian doctors are ubiquitous in U.S. hospitals. Now they’re going back and taking patients with them.

One happy British medical tourist to India tells his story here. He’d go back there again.

A number of private hospitals also offer packages designed to attract wealthy foreign patients, with airport-to-hospital bed car service, in-room internet access and private chefs. Another trend is to combine surgery in India with a yoga holiday or trip to the Taj Mahal.

Just what the doctor ordered.

4 thoughts on “Surgery and samosas

  1. I am all for it. Thank goodness for the health care choices we have these days. Pretty soon Americans may have to outsource their health care system too. May as well since we don’t really seem to know how to manage anything properly.

    Choices are: Die here in the U.S because we are prooooud U.S citizens or taking a nice affordable medical vacation in a foreigner country and be treated with respect and humanity. I heard Mexico, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea are good options too if you aren’t so afraid of foreigners.

  2. Ditto what Resistance said – but the folks I know have gone to Central and South America. In each case, the individuals had little to no health insurance coverage for the procedure, and had family living in the countries they traveled to for their health care. The relative cost in the U.S. compared to the cost of quality medical treatment plus airfare made it a no-brainer.

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