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Socialized Medicine, No Medicine or Someone Else’s Medicine

June 29, 2008

As America ages, the GREED factor related to Health Care grows exponentially. Watered down services and inflated cost, squeezes every penny out of the US Taxpayer.

Health Care is no longer the realm of HEALTH and it no longer cares about anything but BIG BUSINESS bottom line.Pharmaceuticals and Hospital Corporations are the body politic pulling the strings of government agencies. The argument for medical industry under government control should be oversight for fairness and honesty. America can get that concept to work if they get serious. This is not the “Socialized Medicine” that corrupt Medical Businesses would like you to believe. Put a cap on the outrageous price fixing they have enjoyed for too long. Just ask yourself why patients have to travel to other countries to get affordable treatment. The Medical Industry has lost its way. The Corporate Owner of our US Government has victimized taxpayers. Their “Golden Goose”, the American Taxpayer, is dying because they cannot afford to live. When it comes to basic health care, the US Taxpayer is out of luck. America’s Corrupt Medical Industry has marketed the fear of “Socialized Medicine” so well, that they have re-defined the whole concept into blasphemy. The current system is forcing patients into exile for life saving treatment. Medical tourism, whether it is Mexico, Canada, or services on other continents, has become the only viable alternative for those having the luxury of buying a ticket. America can no longer brag about its superior medical system, because it has lost ethics in favor of greed. Corruption has saturated the corporate medical system and made life too expensive to live it. Living a healthy life should not be a luxury, it is a necessity.  Most American doctors know this, but their hands are tied by corporate control over the hospitals they must use.

Medical tourism to earn $1.87 Billion a year by 2012

New Delhi: India is set to earn Rs.80 billion ($1.87 billion) a year in foreign exchange from medical tourism by 2012, according to a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

With easy visa facilities to overseas patients coupled with best emerging medical infrastructure facilities, India’s medical tourism can become a lead foreign exchange earner and the earnings will grow from the existing Rs.35 billion annually to Rs.80 billion a year by 2012, Assocham president Venugopal N. Dhoot said.

The study on Prospects of Medical Tourism for Higher Forex Earning was done under the supervision of the health committee of Assocham, headed by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital chairman B.K. Rao.

“The primary reasons as to why medical tourism would flourish in India include much lower medical treatment costs for various ailments, such as bone narrow transparent, bye-pass surgery, knee surgery and liver transplant as compared to western countries,” Dhoot said in a statement Monday.

“The cost of medical treatment is very high in the western countries, forcing patients from Africa, the Gulf and various other Asian countries to explore medical treatment in India,” he said.

He noted that the medical infrastructure in the country has geared up to provide them non-subsidized medical treatment at far lower costs.

Other factors boosting medical tourism include India’s strength in traditional treatment in homeopathy, naturopathy, ayurvedic and unani systems which are becoming very popular because they do not have side effects, said Dhoot.

He called for more allocation for the health sector which would lead to proliferation of new health facilities and centres of medical excellence, which in turn will finally be able to service overseas patients.

Indian pharmaceutical industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Indian economy and has made rapid strides over the years. From being import dependent in the 1950s, the industry has achieved self-sufficiency and gained global recognition as a producer of low cost, high quality bulk drugs and formulations. Now India is ready to face the challenges of proving its efficiency as the preferred destination for global clinical trials.

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Why is it so much cheaper to travel to other countries for medical treatments?  Because other countries ship those same treatments to the USA, to inflate the true cost and grease the palms of CEOs and Politicians.  That has become a costly affair.  Fewer drugs and medical devices are home grown.  The best you can hope for is “assembled in America”.  We have assembled ourselves OUT OF LUCK by outsourcing our very lives.  America has become a CAN’T DO SOCIETY. Must we hire immigrants to baby sit our sorry selves … must we gripe about what we have become by demonizing other options?  The opportunistic greedy behavior that benefits corporate management is no longer a true health “service” and must quit viewing patients as a commodity.

  1. May 1, 2009 11:02 pm

    Your article hit the nail on the head with “Why is it so much cheaper to travel to other countries for medical treatments?”. Medical Tourism is popular because the healthcare at home is so out of whack. It is not just the pricing which is the problem, but also the longer waiting times.

    That you can pay for a trip all the way around the world, stay in a tropical paradise and pay for all hotels, get the same procedure as done at home with western trained doctors and fantastic medical facilities but still pay less total then for just the treatment at home says there is a problem with the healthcare system.

  2. July 1, 2008 1:55 pm

    What you are saying is patently true. How much longer can this abuse and charade go on of the abuse at the helm of the “Health Care Industry” ?
    Its one big sacred event at the extent of those least able to afford it – the elderly and the sick.


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