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March 10th, 2009
11:22 PM ET

On the Radar: Shopping for medical care abroad

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Millions of Americans are not only broke; they're sick. But what if you need surgery - and can't afford it? What do you do? Increasingly, the answer for many Americans is: grab your passport and hop on a plane.

Almost a million Americans a year are traveling half-way across the world to get medical treatments in places like India, where the average costs for procedures can be just 10 percent of U.S. prices.

Wednesday, our week-long series on President Obama's plans for health care focuses on the boom in medical tourism.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigated hospitals in Delhi that are destinations for American medical tourists. What he found might surprise you: facilities stocked with state of the art medical equipment and highly-trained surgeons.

If the medical skills and equipment are so great at these Delhi hospitals, how can the care be so much cheaper? What are they doing that the U.S. isn't? Are there lessons U.S. hospitals can learn from India's private hospitals?

All good questions.

Sanjay will have answers Wednesday at 10 p.m. eastern.

See you then!


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  1. Isabel, Brazil

    That sounds so strangely for me. There is some time behind I had a vision that America was perfect, everything worked full, the persons were well acessoradas in his first necessities for the government.

    Today I read that health is completely bankrupt. And also a suggestion to get a passport if the person you want to price combined with quality in medical procedures. It is curious: the vision presented was so distorted!

    Health and quality of life are aligned to individuals most creative and productive, companies more competitive and sustainable.
    A healthy population is essential for a country to be productive.

    March 10, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  2. Daniel Peever

    This piece looks like it will be a very good segment. Of course one reason I would think is the exchange? Though I am sure thats been considered and too basic. The american health system is a buisness. It is there for people to make money. Of course the core reason for it is the health care. I am a Canadian and of course our system is very different. Our doctors make around 120-130,000 a year though I could be a bit off on these numbers. Although our system is a bit more back logged our level of care is equal with the US. Our doctors make much less and the care is still there. Of course you can cut the cost of the medi car because the doctors need to make their hundreds of thousands a year. If they didnt there would be no lure in the United States for it.

    March 10, 2009 at 11:31 pm |