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September 14, 2007


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Is this trend getting the attention of the medical/pharmaceutical community in the U.S. or do they even care?

You can't really blame the healthcare industry alone. I was only a matter of time before even healthcare would get outsourced. The cost savings are huge with some critical treatments like bypass surgery, bone marrow transplants running almost 1/5th or 1/10th of the cost in the US.

Moreover, US trained or rather internationally trained doctors just reassure medical tourists of the quality of healthcare they will be recieving.

The South East Asian countries are doing their best to vie for a big slice of the medical tourism industry running into billions of $s with no specific dominant player.

My mom's friend had hip replacement surgery months ago (maybe a year), and has felt pain for a long time. She recently went back in, and they discovered the artificial hip never bonded with the bone properly, and had more surgery done. If she had had the surgery overseas, I wonder how much more annoying the process would have been. (This lady is high-maintainence anyway, so I can't imagine the production she would have made it if the surgery had been overseas!)

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