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Sunday, January 13, 2008

UK National Health Service (NHS) Might OutSource Patients To India!

Looks like India is becoming a haven for western patients seeking affordable healthcare!. National Helthcare have been a problem to USA but looks like UK too is facing Healthcare Issues. The health services from India and China has been increasingly being used by western patients. So far it has been private citizens that went on their own. But this is a new development. NHS is a state funded entity. Here is a news article from Times of India.

LONDON: Britain may soon permit patients at its state-funded National Health Service to travel to India for speedy and cheaper medical treatment. The issue was discussed between Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and British authorities here and the "response" was positive.

"We had discussions about how to use the Indian medical facilities by the NHS," Ramadoss said, addressing a national conference on the 60th Anniversary celebration of India's Independence and the setting up of the NHS at the Royal College of Physicians here on Saturday.
"At present, NHS patients can have treatment at places within three hours flying and we have request that the flying limit may be lifted and in the present day globalised world there is not much of a difference between three hours and seven and a half hours flying."
"The response was positive and in the next few months, NHS may open out," the minister said, adding "we believe these issue could be solved through dialogue."
During the discussions, Ramadoss also pressed for mutual recognition of medical degrees and unilateral recognition of post-graduate degrees in five countries --India, Australia, the UK, New Zealand and the USA Ramesh Mehta, President of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), the organizer of the conference, expressed his gratitude to the minister for "initiating a political dialogue" with British authorities.
Ajit Lalvani, Chair of Infectious Diseases and Head, Tuberculosis Immunology Group, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Imperial College, London, said premier British medical institutions were currently looking at India to develop research in partnership.
Times of India

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