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Medical tourism to India on the rise

'Medical tourists' flocking to India.
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Reliable care at afforable prices -- what a concept! How reliable?
>>Trehan said, for example, that the death rate for coronary bypass patients at Escorts (in India) is 0.8 percent. By contrast, the 1999 death rate for the same procedure at New York-Presbyterian Hospital was 2.35 percent, according to the New York State Health Department.<<

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The state Health Department will soon stop government doctors of certain specialties, particularly those from the non-clinical streams, from leaving the country for employment opportunities abroad, Health Minister S Thalavai Sundaram said here on Sunday.

And from the same story elsewhere -

Taken as a whole, India's health care system is hardly a model, with barely four doctors for every 10,000 people, compared with 27 in the United States, according to the World Bank.

With top officials not aware of a recent notification, the state government in a clandestine manner has delinked the non-practicing allowance (NPA) being given to doctors from their basic salary, which will result in a monthly loss of about Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 to the medical fraternity.

According to the November issue of Diagnostic Imaging, while the average annual salary for US radiology positions was $317,000 in 2002-3, the Indian radiologist earns the equivalent of $21,000 annually.

(Actually that one makes me wonder about the salary vs malpractice cost for a radiologist in the US?)

Dr. Kurucz has been practicing for 13 years. In that time, she has had one lawsuit against her (amazingly low for West Virginia), now pending. On May 1, she received a letter informing her that her insurance would not be renewed. In 1999, that insurance cost $40,000; the next year, it went up to $60,000; now it would cost $80,000, if she could get it-and that would be for only six months, because the insurance company figures it will have to raise the rate after that. The doctor has been unable to buy insurance from any other company; insurers, quite naturally, avoid West Virginia with shudders. Jane Kurucz had to close up shop on August 1.

?We try to educate our patients and in fact, I try to give my patients an idea of how it affects them and me --- it costs me $450 a day to cover my malpractice costs. That is almost equivalent to some patient?s weekly take home pay.?

Not that isn't things wrong here, but a direct comparison of cost between here and India is rediculous.

Perhaps one of the first things to do here is have more medical schools to train more doctors.

Lawyers held about 695,000 jobs in 2002.

Physicians and surgeons held about 583,000 jobs in 2002;

More lawyers than doctors in the US? I didn't read enough to break it down into what kind of doctors and lawyers.


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