Sunday, December 24, 2006

The Globalization of Health Care: Can Medical Tourism Reduce Health Care Costs?

The Globalization of Health Care: Can Medical Tourism Reduce Health Care Costs? " In September of 2004, I accompanied Howard Staab to New Delhi, India for the heart surgery he
needed but could not afford in North Carolina where we live only minutes from major medical centers of international reputation. Dr. Naresh Trehan replaced Howard’s mitral valve at Escorts
Heart Institute and Research Center for a total cost of $6,700 (as opposed to the estimated $200,000 at our local hospital). We stayed in India for one month. In a few months, Howard was
back at work full time, and his cardiologist in Durham reports that he is just fine. But the fact that everything turned out well for Howard, and that India is a good alternative for medical care, is not why I am here today. I am here to tell you how our own country’s healthcare system (supposedly the best in the world) failed us, and why we were forced to travel halfway around the globe."

This has now become such an important issue that even the US Senate is discussing it !


  1. Anonymous10:28 PM

    Dr Aniruddha Malpani: As author of the forthcoming book, "Patients Beyond Borders," I'm interested in learning more about your Web-based healthcare library. If you'd be kind enough to contact me at [email protected], I would enjoy hearing from you. Thank you.

  2. Dear health traveler:
    There are great options for affordable surgical care in Mexico. Please go to
    This website has a tremendous wealth of info regarding travel to the city of Guadalajara, Mexico.


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