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April 07, 2005

Medical tourism

One of my business contact pointed me to this NYTimes piece on growing medical tourism and how India plays in this growing sector.  The lure of economics ! Trumps every other concern.

Howard Staab, 53, an uninsured self-employed carpenter from Durham, N.C., to repair a leaking mitral heart valve. Mr. Staab paid $10,000 for his surgery, his round-trip fare to India and for a visit to the Taj Mahal. In the United States, his options included surgery costing $60,000 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

To take advantage of patients like Mr. Staab, Indian hospitals are expanding. In the Gurgaon suburbs of New Delhi, Dr. Trehan is building a $250 million multispecialty hospital modeled after the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. In the same neighborhood will be Fortis Healthcare's Medicity, a 43-acre hospital complex for foreign patients, which will have special immigration and travel counters and interpreters, with the idea of branding itself the Johns Hopkins Hospital of the East.

They are really developing new processes. Who thought one day hospitals will have INS type window helping on immigration chores !

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Posted by: Audrey Bray | Dec 18, 2007 1:04:54 AM

Hello, I’m Robert Steichen from Medical-Tourist.org. As a comment about this subject, let me please introduce you to my new website. The Medical-Tourist.org is dedicated to bringing you informative, straight-to-the-point articles on the extended range of possibilities offered today to the international patient. You will find articles about the main destinations; the quality of medical care worldwide; a review of medical holidays packages providers; suggested destinations for each treatment; advices to choose the best medical insurance, etc. A forum is also in development on site.
Enjoy your stay!

Posted by: Robert Steichen | Apr 28, 2005 11:42:29 PM

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