Industry News: Volume 3 Issue 15

Medical tourism in India gets a boost with 16% jump in arrival of foreign medical travelers 

By: Dr. Prem Jagyasi – Medical tourism industry in India is getting bigger as the country witnessed a 16% jump in arrival of foreign medical traveler in 2017.  Great news for this sector which is valued at $9 billion in 2020!

According to the words of K J Alphons, the honorable tourism minister, medical tourist arrivals in India on the medical visa is estimated to be 4,27,014 in 2016 and 4,95,056 in 2017 showing a clear 15.9% rise. Despite certain policy changes in the country, the inflow of foreign medical travelers is on the rise.

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U.S. spends far more on healthcare than other developed countries – and researchers say prices are still to blame 

By: Paige Minemyer – More than a decade after a group of health policy researchers concluded that the reason healthcare spending is so high stateside is the “prices, stupid,” an updated look at the issue identifies the same old problems. 

Three of the four researchers on the 2003 study reconvened to compare data between Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries on healthcare spending and came to much the same conclusion: “it’s still the prices, stupid.” 

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Up to a third of knee replacements pack pain and regret 

By: Liz Szabo – Danette Lake thought surgery would relieve the pain in her knees.

The arthritis pain began as a dull ache in her early 40s, brought on largely by the pressure of unwanted weight. Lake managed to lose 200 pounds through dieting and exercise, but the pain in her knees persisted.

A sexual assault two years ago left Lake with physical and psychological trauma. She damaged her knees while fighting off her attacker, who had broken into her home. Although she managed to escape, her knees never recovered. At times, the sharp pain drove her to the emergency room. Lake’s job, which involved loading luggage onto airplanes, often left her in misery.

When a doctor said that knee replacement would reduce her arthritis pain by 75 percent, Lake was overjoyed.

“I thought the knee replacement was going to be a cure,” said Lake, now 52 and living in rural Iowa. “I got all excited, thinking, ‘Finally, the pain is going to end and I will have some quality of life.'”

But one year after surgery on her right knee, Lake said she’s still suffering.

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Physician Practice Roundup – Surgery center that may have exposed patients to HIV lawsuit 

By: Joanne Finnegan – A lawsuit has been filed against a New Jersey surgery center that may have exposed nearly 3,800 patients to blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis because of poor infection control practices.

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Healthcare Roundup – Gottlieb staying at FDA; Report says opioid overdoses cost hospitals $11B a year

By: Paige Minemyer – Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said on Twitter that he’s staying on the agency in response to a reporter investigating his alleged exit. 

Gottlieb said in the post that “an online pharma news pub” was in contact with friends, digging into reports that he intended to leave the FDA. He said that he’s instead looking forward to releasing his 2019 strategic road map soon. 

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