Mumbai: A top Indian doctor has termed as "misconception" US President Barack Obama`s statement that India represents "cheap healthcare".In a statement issued here late Wednesday, well-known heart surgeon Ramakant Panda said that in today`s age it`s a misconception to say that India represents cheap healthcare."Our medicos, in various fields, compete with the best in the world and India as a country represents high quality and not cheap healthcare," Panda noted.
"The number of patients coming to India from the US is less than five percent. While there is potential for (more) US patients to come to India, we do not foresee a reduction in actual numbers with this initiative from President Obama," Panda said.Panda said that it is easy to divide the dollar and arrive at the rupee value of a medical procedure. "That`s very basic arithmetic. However, the notion that India delivers cheap healthcare is not to be encouraged," he said.IANS