Medical Butlers – Another Nail in U.S Healthcare Coffin

Yes. we all know Jeeves. Bertie’s venerable Man Friday, yes.

But Medical Butlers. What in the heck is that?

Well, Medical Butlers are a new category of workers brought about by the disastrous American healthcare system.

As we were desultorily contemplating the coming collapse of the U.S. healthcare system, we were drawn to this new category of Medical Butlers on the Internet (where else).

Medical butlers are a direct offshoot of medical tourism – Medical tourism is the process of traveling aboard to a specific destination to obtain certain medical procedure with the highest quality of medical care and luxury accommodations during their recovery (as defined by medical tourism concierge Fly Free For Health).

Here’s how the folks at Fly Free For Health describe Medical Butlers:

Medical Butlers are a new breed of service professionals assigned to visiting overseas patients and their families, handholding them from the point of arrival to departure. Their role lies in their abilities to meet both the lifestyle and healthcare needs of the medical traveler. There’s also a digital form of Medical Butler who are just a click away to serve as a Digital Concierge via the internet and mobile phone. The digital form of Medical Butler is called iMedical Butler.

Odd though it may seem, it does look like there’s potential for this category of health-care facilitators like Medical Butlers.

Medical Tourism – Hot Trend
After all, a Deloitte Center for Healthcare Solutions study has found that medical tourism is a hot trend among U.S. healthcare consumers.

According to the study, more than 750,000 Americans went overseas in 2007 for less expensive medical treatments, a number that’s projected to grow to 6 million by 2010 and 15.75 million in 2017.

Obviously, this will cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars. Yes, all those greedy doctors, avaricious insurance companies, callous hospitals and mercenary pharmaceutical companies are gonna take a beating. Hooray.

The Deloitte studies also highlight three key conclusions:

* Outbound medical tourism currently represents $2.1 billion spent by Americans overseas for care — $15.9 billion in lost revenue for U.S. health care providers. Americans primarily seek this sort of care for elective surgical procedures.
* The number of outbound medical tourists is projected to rise to 15.75 million in 2017, representing a potential $30.3 to $79.5 billion spent abroad by Americans.  As a result, the potential lost revenue for U.S. health care providers could top $228.5 to $599.5 billion.
* Medical care in countries like India, Thailand and Singapore can cost as little as 10 percent of the cost of comparable U.S. care, often including airfare and a stay at a resort.

Pain will Spread
Bottomline, if average Americans are feeling the pain today, that pain will surely extend tomorrow to those inflicting the pain now – the unholy nexus of greedy insurance companies, callous hospitals, avaricious doctors and mercenary pharmaceutical companies who together are denying the most basic of rights to American citizens – healthcare.

And the biggest beneficiaries of American medical tourists are expected to be Thailand, Singapore, Mexico and India.

Maybe, all the greedy desi doctors in the U.S. can become Medical Butlers midwifing the visits of American medical tourists to Indian hospitals.

4 Responses to "Medical Butlers – Another Nail in U.S Healthcare Coffin"

  1. IAmAnIdiot   February 27, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Here you go! Though you you haven’t posted my comments on [deleted], it look you are focusing to publish some good stuff too. Cool. Responds:

    Yes, you worthless piece of sh*t, your comment was deleted because it was just another malicious, spiteful attack on us. Nothing of value.

    We have no objections to criticism (most of the comments here are critical and that’s fine) but your vicious hatred of us prompts you to write nonstop nonsense.

  2. aditya_k   February 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

    hospitals here like Apollo,New Delhi offer tourism packages, packing off patients from abroad to places like kerala or mussourie for recuperation.

    What’s the deal with people over there? why do they charge so much for their services even when they know their jobs are being outsourced? My uncle lives in Atlanta, he keeps saying that the doctors in the U.S. are way to slow in their treatment procedures and and obscenely careful-to the point of irritation.

    On the other hand, when he comes to India, he feels the doctors here are too reckless…. Responds:

    1. You write: why do they charge so much for their services even when they know their jobs are being outsourced

    The doctors in the U.S. are obscenely greedy and foolish that they do not see the writing on the wall even if it’s written in 100-point size.

    Like Nero fiddling while Rome was burning around him, the doctors here pretend nothing is happening and charge exorbitant fees for just a few minutes of consultation.

    2. You write: My uncle lives in Atlanta, he keeps saying that the doctors in the U.S. are way to slow in their treatment procedures and and obscenely careful-to the point of irritation

    Sometimes they are too slow. Read the below excerpt from Doctors Fight Plan to Limit Beds in ER in today’s Wall Street Journal:

    Just seeing a doctor can take a long time at the University of Chicago. Chicago attorney Charles Sklarsky said his 93-year-old father was vomiting and in great pain from a neck abscess when the two arrived at 2 p.m. in the ER in December. By 8:30 p.m., no doctor had seen him.

    They were told there were 39 people ahead of him, meaning an overnight stay, so Mr. Sklarsky took his father to another Chicago hospital, where he was operated on for an antibiotic-resistant infection and hospitalized for five days. University of Chicago Medical Center officials declined to comment on the case.

    The American doctors are slow because they are scared that if they make a mistake, they’ll get sued and screwed (as they rightly deserve to be if they screw up). In India, when doctors make a mistake they usually get away (although occasionally some consumer court takes note, but that happens rarely).

    Here, if doctors make a mistake, the penalty is very heavy. They have to shell out a lot of money in legal damages. That’s why doctors hate lawyers and blame them for all the problems of the U.S. healthcare system.

    In our opinion, the desi doctors are the worst. Arrogant and Greedy pric*s.

    3. You write: On the other hand, when he comes to India, he feels the doctors here are too reckless….

    Mistakes can happen anywhere. Even in the U.S. Remember Bollywood actress Sridevi. A New York doctor operated on the wrong side of Sridevi’s mother’s brain at a famous hospital in New York. Apparently, there was a big legal settlement after the operation was messed up. We are sure there are plenty of other instances where doctors here have messed up, big time.

    So, next time your Atlanta uncle tells you American doctors are meticulous, tell him they are not really as careful as they are made out to be. Or better still, send him the link to the botched-up operation of Sridevi’s mother.

    The difference is in India doctors get away scotfree…in the U.S. their license gets suspended and they have to pay a big price (although their insurance companies pick up the huge tab, it will cause premiums to rise and then the doctors blame the lawyers).

  3. gnair91   March 1, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Your link’s messed up.I clicked on the filmfare awards link and it brought me to this page. Responds:

    Sorry. Fixed. Thanks.

  4. IAmAnIdiot   March 1, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    filmfare link still brings to your butler page. please correct the mistake….pan-am! Responds:

    Thanks. Fixed. 🙂

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