Dr Ramakant takes exception to Obama`s `cheap healthcare` remark

Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 16:21

Mumbai: Eminent cardiologist Dr Ramakant
Panda day said that the notion that India delivers cheap
health care is not to be encouraged and asserted that it was a
huge misconception.

Reacting to the remarks made by US President Barack Obama yesterday, the CEO of Asian Heart Institute said it is a
misconception in 21st century that India represents cheap
health care.

"Our doctors, in various fields, compete with the best
in the world and India as a country today represents high
quality health care and not cheap health care," Panda who
operated upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a couple
of years of back, said.

"The number of patients coming in from US to India is
less than five per cent. While there is potential for US
patients to come to India, we do not foresee a reduction in
actual numbers with this initiative from President Obama," he
said.

"As on today, the Middle East and Africa constitute a
bulk of the patients who travel to India for medical tourism,"
Panda said.

"It is always easier to divide the dollar and arrive at
the rupee value of a medical procedure. That is very basic
arithmetic. However, the notion that India delivers cheap
health care is not to be encouraged," he said.

In his sales pitch to rein in mounting deficits, Obama
described health care as one of the most important pillars of
the social safety net yesterday.

Obama had said, "my preference would be that you
(Americans) do not have to travel to Mexico or India to get
cheap health care."

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 16:21

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