I have friends who wait and schedule their well-health, dentist and optometrist appointments when they visit India. I have also read a lot of articles on individuals going to India for “medical tourism”
Now Blue Ridge Paper Products in North Carolina is set to provide a health-benefit plan that allows its employees and their dependents to obtain medical care overseas beginning in 2007.
According to this article in MSN, Carl Garrett, is scheduled this month to travel to New Delhi, where he will undergo two operations.
Garrett’s medical care alone may save the company $50,000. And instead of winding up $20,000 in debt to have the operations in the U.S., he may now get up to $10,000 back as a share of the savings. He’ll also get to see the Taj Mahal as part of a two-day tour before the surgery.
His two operations could cost $100,000 in the U.S.; they’ll run about $20,000 in India.
We’ll have to see if this is the beginnings of a new trend