Americans flood into India for health treatment

Americans flood into India for health treatment

Bangalore, India,19 June, 2009
1. Various of surgeons performing operation
Mumbai, India, June, 9 2009
2. Wide shot of patient Elsa Bruckner with hip surgeon, Dr Kaushal Malhan
3. Close up doctor explaining X-ray
4. Mid shot explaining X-ray
5. Close up Elsa Bruckner
6. Mid shot Dr Malhan explaining X-ray to Bruckner
7. Close up of doctor pointing at X-ray
8. SOUNDBITE (English), Elsa Bruckner, US medical tourist
“Well its definitely always about saving money, of course, but it’s more than that. It’s the fact it’s a publicised cost, the services are excellent, the doctor’s excellent with years of experience, it’s a whole package, the package here is just triple A.”
9. Wide exterior shot of the Wockhardt Hospital
Bangalore, India June 19 2009
10. Wide shot of doctor and nurses at ward reception station
11. Mid shot Wockhardt CEO, Vishal Bali, talking to nurse
12. Mid shot of nurse
13. SOUNDBITE (English), Vishal Bali, CEO, Wockhardt Hospital
“We focus on the life saving and life enhancing procedures for international patients. So patients who come from around the world to us for treatment come for cardiac surgery, for joint replacements, hip resurfacing, for complex gastrointestinal procedures and for very complex spinal procedures or spine surgical procedures.”
Mumbai, India, June 9 2009
14. Mid shot Elsa Bruckner having leg stretched by therapist
15. Mid shot of patient Elsa Bruckner
16. Close up leg being stretched
17. SOUNDBITE (English), Elsa Bruckner, medical tourist
“And they don’t have that cash lying around under the mattress just to take out to get a hip replacement, and insurance is extremely expensive in the States so you have to factor all things in and this was the very best service, the very best price, and I think I had one of the very best doctors.”
Bangalore, India,19 June, 2009
18. Wide of surgeons performing operation
Mumbai, India, June, 9 2009
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr.Kaushal Malhan, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospital:
“When we do this surgery we do it in a particular way whereby we preserve all the muscles and the blood supply, so the dissection is done well away from the bone, and therefore the results are more dramatic, the long term results have been much better and we expect them to be significantly better than the traditional way in which hip resurfacings have been done.”
Bangalore, India,19 June, 2009
20. Pan up of surgical instruments to operation on patient
21. Close up of monitor in operating theatre
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Vishal Bali, CEO, Wockhardt Hospital
“I don’t think medical tourism is just about low cost. I think medical tourism, or globalisation of health care, is about way high quality standards at affordable cost.”
23. Various surgeons performing operation
LEAD-IN:
President Barack Obama says it is time for the United States to take action on his proposed health care overhaul because out-of-pocket costs for Americans are spiralling while health insurance companies are reaping record profits.
The comments ( Monday 20 July) come as more and more foreigners flock to countries like India seeking medical treatment.
According to global accountants, Deloitte, over the next six years medical tourism from the US alone is expected to be worth a staggering billion (US), and India is keen to secure a large slice of that financial pie.
STORYLINE:
Bangalore may be India’s silicone valley, but now it’s fast grabbing a reputation for high tech hospitals catering to the needs of westerners, particularly Americans, for whom it makes sound financial sense to seek medical treatment abroad.
This hospital is one of many that are hoping to capitalise on this growing trend.
That included pre and post-operative care, and a twelve day stay in the hospital.

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