Some Basmati With That Back Surgery?

August 17, 2006

Maxed Out Mama notes how one US Company is ‘outsourcing’ surgery to India, as part of it’s medical insurance program.

Well, there’s more to the story. That company is a part of a much bigger picture.

See this:

While figures are hard to come by, the trend of Americans seeking non-emergency treatment abroad appears to be rising as more people become uninsured or have to contend with large upfront costs of high-deductible health plans.

Dental tourism in particular is a growing market as seniors learn that Medicare doesn’t cover dental work, and some U.S. health experts are urging consumers to proceed with caution.

Older “snowbirds” who live part of the year near the Mexican border sometimes cross it when they need expensive dental work such as crowns, bridges and partial or full dentures, said Dr. Michael Stuart, a dentist in Mesquite, Texas.

The savings can be anywhere from 50% to 75%, but because quality varies widely in Mexico, where the practice is largely unregulated, there’s often a big risk built into the cut-rate price, he said.

MedRetreat ‘…where smart medicine and exotic travel come together,’ is one company that specializes in ‘medical tourism,’ up to 80% for the exact same procedure performed at world-class medical facilities staffed with board certified surgeons using state-of-the-art equipment.

MedRetreat offers medical services in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, India, Turkey, Argentina and South Africa.

…you’ll have your procedure performed by some of the best surgeons, at world-class medical facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment.

Then, you’ll recuperate in a beautiful, serene setting, with peace and quite. As an added benefit, you may also choose to enjoy the interesting attractions your destination offers. You will receive all this for a fraction of the cost of the medical procedure alone in the U.S. Make this vision a reality by selecting MedRetreat as your medical tourism service agent.

Another company, Medical Holidays,is clear about their target market; If you are

‘Tired of the NHS (the UK healthcare program- SC&A)?

Are you in pain and currently waiting for treatment or surgery in the UK?

Now fly direct to India and get operated or treated in one of the world’s leading hospitals…

Finally, Medical Tourist:

We specialise in arranging knee replacements, hip replacements, heart care, cosmetic & dental surgery abroad.

Is this the future of western medicine?

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3 Responses to “Some Basmati With That Back Surgery?”

  1. tommy Says:

    It’s a fairly common thing for us to carry passengers to a few select countries for this sort of thing.

    Argentina, Costa Rica and India are the ones that come to mind right away. From what I gather the care in India can be exceptionally good if you can afford it. The typical Euro or American easily can while the typical Indian can not.

  2. SC&A Says:

    I have heard that.

    In Singapore and Malaysia, entire new state of the art hospitals- and luxurious recuperation facilities- , staffed with US and western trained doctors, are being built specifically to cater to ‘medical’ tourists.

    Brave new world…

  3. MaxedOutMama Says:

    I think this trend will escalate sharply. It’s cheaper to go to Mexico, too. But people are going for brain surgery to India!

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