Sunday, December 24, 2006

NEJM -- The "Dis-location" of U.S. Medicine -- The Implications of Medical Outsourcing

NEJM -- The "Dis-location" of U.S. Medicine -- The Implications of Medical Outsourcing: "When a patient in Altoona, Pa., needs an emergency brain scan in the middle of the night, a doctor in Bangalore, India, is asked to interpret the results. Spurred by a shortage of U.S. radiologists and an exploding demand for more sophisticated scans to diagnose scores of ailments, doctors at Altoona Hospital and dozens of other American hospitals are finding that offshore outsourcing works even in medicine. . . . Most of the doctors are U.S.-trained andlicensed — although there is at least one experiment using radiologists without U.S. training."

The fact that the New England Journal of Medicine is featuring articles on medical tourism and medical outsourcing means this has now become a mainstream trend.

1 comment:

  1. As long as healthcare is expensive in this country, people will go abroad for inexpensive procedures. There are great options in Mexico:
    patients can find affordable care around the corner.. why go to India or Thailand when help is 3 hours away by air travel ?


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