February 19, 2005

NO ONE GOES TO CHINA FOR AUGHT BUT QUACK CURES (via Tom Morin):

Americans flock to India for treatment (New Kerala, Feb 16, 2005)

A reversal of medical tourism now has Americans making a beeline for India, seeking latest and cheaper treatments.

Until recently, it was the other way round, with Indians rushing to the US for better cure facilities.

However, with the state-of-art medical procedures, equipment and facilities now available in India, patients from developed countries like Canada and Britain are flocking to Indian hospitals.

The Indian medical fraternity conquered the "final frontier" when Americans too started coming here for the latest medical procedures, which are either not available in their country or are much more expensive.

Robert Walter Beeney was unable to walk due to a stiff hip when he landed in India Jan 24. Twenty days later, he not only recovered after a rare hip replacement surgery at Apollo Hospital here but also visited the famous Taj Mahal in Agra after that.


Heck, if you go to an American hospital your doctor isn't unlikely to be Indian either.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2005 8:43 AM
Comments

Between poor sanitary conditions and worse training, you'd have to be insane to go to an Indian hospital. Their medical schools are notoriously bad. And there isn't much in the way of consumer protection if the drugs are fouled up.

Indians who get their training abroad, stay abroad and are as good as anybody else if not better because they take professional development very seriously.

Posted by: Bart at February 19, 2005 12:35 PM

Bart:

They routinely come here after training there and are eminently qualified to practice here, though we make them go through additional training.

Posted by: oj at February 19, 2005 2:36 PM

Only if they pass the exam first are they allowed to come here. All doctors who attend medical schools that are not AMA-accredited have to undergo at least 2 years additional training.

Posted by: Bart at February 19, 2005 6:30 PM

I have several coworkers here that had the double eye laser procedure performed down in Shenzhen. All were 100% satisfied. All outpatient,done and home same day.

Posted by: Tom Wall at February 19, 2005 6:47 PM
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