nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Heart Surgery In India...A Model For Cost Control?

Yes, we could do this.  Cut everybody's salary to a fraction of what we pay for labor in this country, and eliminate all safety regulatory costs incurred by the industries that make medical supplies and devices.

The BBC News blog on health issues (Aug 1) has an article  about a "production line" heart hospital in India that is doing cutting edge work at lower cost, and asks if this is a model for how efficiencies could be obtained in the West.

Before we have another round of criticism of US medicine in comparison to other countries, why don't we look at the total picture?

There is a very different economic and regulatory environment.  There have been tons of stories of people in the US buying adulterated drugs from other countries, traveling to other countries to get cheaper care and experiencing horrible complication or death, experiencing bizarre treatment when needing care abroad, and finding that they soak the Americano for three times as much as the native population.

Remember laetrile?  Steve McQueen was praising the clinic in Mexico that adopted this unproven therapy for cancer...just before he died.

They are still in business and making the same claim.

So, sure...go get your heart operation in Mazatenango, Guatemala.  I'm sure it'll be OK, and a lot cheaper.

Doc D

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