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What if hospitals were run like a mix of Wal-Mart and a low-cost airline?

Yes please, and Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is making it happen in India. He clearly understands that when government and industry club together, the customer gets ripped off, as we see with astronomically inflated health care costs in the West. His response is to cut through that and give value for money. In the mega-regulated health industry this is revolutionary stuff. Do read it all.

(h/t Old Holborn)

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14 thoughts on “HEART SURGERY FOR $800

  1. In India, practitioners of both modern medicine and traditional medicine are subject to professional regulation. Doctors are regulated by the Medical Council of India, while practitioners of Ayurved, Siddha and Unani medicine are regulated by the Central Council of Indian Medicine.[4]

    From the great wiki

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_provider_requisites

    This doctor looks to be doing great work, and our regulatory system may be too onerous, but this guy is subject to regulation.

    He is -not- subject to predatory liability lawsuits as US doctors are. I don’t hear you guys ( or Obama ) complaining about the US legal climate when you discuss these things.

  2. Pete,
    Hmmm,
    Providing your will is up to date, what have you got to lose?
    Go for it!

  3. I was going to say $800 heart surgery sounds pretty shetty to me, but then I looked the guy up and he may be on to some interesting ideas. All in all, I wouldn’t be inclined to take him up personally on the matter at this juncture.

  4. The Wall Street Journal called him the Henry Ford of cardiac surgery. He certainly is worth listening to.

  5. I dunno.
    Watcha gunna do with all those trained staff who’s services will no longer be required?
    I can’t see it catching on myself, not in the West.

    Now if he was offering a money back guarantee of satisfaction….

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