The Globalization of Health Care: Can Medical Tourism Reduce Health Care Costs?
Posted Nov 18 2008 12:16am
The Globalization of Health Care: Can Medical Tourism Reduce Health Care Costs? " In September of 2004, I accompanied Howard Staab to New Delhi, India for the heart surgery he needed but could not afford in North Carolina where we live only minutes from major medical centers of international reputation. Dr. Naresh Trehan replaced Howard’s mitral valve at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center for a total cost of $6,700 (as opposed to the estimated $200,000 at our local hospital). We stayed in India for one month. In a few months, Howard was back at work full time, and his cardiologist in Durham reports that he is just fine. But the fact that everything turned out well for Howard, and that India is a good alternative for medical care, is not why I am here today. I am here to tell you how our own country’s healthcare system (supposedly the best in the world) failed us, and why we were forced to travel halfway around the globe."
This has now become such an important issue that even the US Senate is discussing it !