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.