Medical Tourism Booming In India But Yet How About Their Own Citizens Needing Medical Care and Education Where Philanthropy Is H
Posted Oct 06 2010 6:21pm
I watched this video from the BBC on the hospitals being built to accommodate tourists and the care and doctors and the whole package being offered, but this week I also watched what the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was doing over there with some of their money and efforts. Polio vaccines and so many babies dying within a month of birth. In reading and seeing all of this, there appear to be 2 very different sides here and if this were going on in the US, I think we would be seeing extreme riots on the street!
I realize medical tourism also brings money into their country too but after seeing both sides, it really does make one wonder what is going on and as this continues to grow are the poor citizens depending on philanthropy while the folks flying in for tourism surgery go to the best hospitals? Below is the link to the 60 Minute video and see what you think?
Granted there are tourists from other countries besides the US, but when you see the big polio problem that still exists and then compare to these big new state of the art hospitals, is something is wrong with this picture? BD
It is estimated that this type of medical tourism could generate more than $3bn a year for India. So could the Indian model of offering cutting-edge medical care, while keeping costs extremely low, be the way forward?