Medical Tourism in India: News & Updates

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    India - A Fastest Emerging Destination for Medical Tourism

    Medical tourism market in Asia is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of around 16% in next three years, as per a new research study by RNCOS.

    Medical tourism has developed into a new source of revenue generation for hospitals in Asia. Growth in the Asian medical tourism market can be attributed to change in the demographics of developed nations, quality healthcare services at low cost in Asian countries and many more. As per our new research report “Asian Medical Tourism Analysis (2008-2012)”, the Asian medical tourism market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of around 16% during 2010-2012.

    We have found that India is emerging as one of the key players in medical tourism at both Asian and international level.
    Developing healthcare infrastructure, growing private hospitals such as Wockhardt, Apollo, Escort, expert healthcare professionals, low-cost treatments, less waiting time, and Ayurvedic treatment are some of the reasons that attract overseas patients to India. Moreover, it is expected that India will increase its share in Asia to around 25% by 2012. :goodstuff: :goodstuff:

    “Thailand is presently dominating the medical tourism market in Asia followed by Singapore, but India’s expected increase in medical tourism share will give it an edge over other countries to increase tourist arrivals,” said a Research Analyst at RNCOS. Besides, our report provides complete information and analysis of the medical tourism market in different countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and India. Our research has identified cost as the most important factor for the development medical tourism industry and provides information about cost of different surgical procedures at country level.

    “Asian Medical Tourism Analysis (2008-2012)” provides a deep insight into the Asian medical tourism market. It evaluates past, present and future scenario of the Asian medical tourism market and discusses key factors, which are making Asian countries favorable medical tourism destinations. Both statistics and trends regarding market size, infrastructure, medical tourist arrivals, accreditations, restraints and drivers have been thoroughly covered in the report.

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    Medical tourism: Socially responsible or... | Gather

    There is no question that medical tourism can be a ticket to inexpensive, generally high quality care for yourself, but is it a socially responsible practice? Does it amount to exploitation of scarce local resources, or fuel for the local economic engine? Exact answers may differ among countries, but let'sconsider the case of India, one of the world's leading destinations for medical tourists.

    The Indian healthcare system is dominated by the private sector: 80% of healthcare needs are provided by the private sector, and 80% of costs are paid out-of-pocket. Depending on individuals to pay for their own caremay help explain why costs are comparatively low: One-fifth to one-eighth the costs typically charged in the West.

    In addition to low prices, India has many features making it attractive to foreign patients: A highly trained, English speaking workforce; high tech equipment and numerous specialty centers; and a mix of allopathic and alternative medicine systems (i.e., "Western" styled bio-medical model as well as systems such as Ayurvedic healing.) In fact, different areas of India are becoming known for different medical strengths: New Delhi for cardiac care, Chennai for eye care, and Kerala for Ayurvedic medicine.

    The Indian government has invested substantially in promoting the sub-continent as a "global health destination." Their ministry of tourism has created a special "M" visa for medical tourists, and their efforts appear to be rewarded with over 150,000 patients arriving to spend over $300 million each year. By 2012, India is expected to earn US$2 billion a year from medical tourists. :goodstuff: :goodstuff:That type of economic stimulus is probably a good thing.

    From the perspective of the Indian healthcare consumer, at least three potentially negative impacts of medical tourism have been identified:

    1. Higher paying foreign patients are driving up costs.
    This potentially increases health disparities between wealthy and poorer Indians by creating a two-tiered healthcare system: High tech and high quality going to those who can afford it, and lower quality and less access to those with fewer means.

    2. Increased shortage of healthcare workers. India already faces a shortage of some 600,000 doctors and 1 million nurses. Some of this shortage is driven by Indian professionals seeking higher paying jobs overseas (in the US or Europe, for example.) But specialty facilities catering to higher paying foreigners within India may also exacerbate the effects of the shortage on Indian patients in community health clinics.

    3. Overgrowth of the private sector. The Indian government currently has few mechanisms for regulating private medical practices, or the growth and trends in the private sector, despite providing subsidies to help build private hospitals.

    Perhaps the question of whether the medical tourist is a social exploiter or economic contributor is a judgment best left to the individual.
     
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    Stem cell transplant cheap in India

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...splant-cheap-in-India/articleshow/7200889.cms

    Stem cell transplant in India costs a fraction of what it does abroad but the country has very few centres where the procedure can be done and not enough dedicated medical staff, says an expert.

    Stem cell transplant, a process by which new cells are introduced into damaged tissue in order to treat disease or injury, has shown promise in treating various kinds of diseases, including some cancers. However, there are only 10-11 centres in India where it can be done, says Lalit Kumar, professor of medical oncology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

    A stem cell transplant can cost up to Rs.1 crore (approx $223,000) abroad, depending on the type of procedure, and the patient is asked to deposit the full amount before the transplant, said Kumar.

    In comparison, in India it costs Rs.10-20 lakh in private hospitals, while in government hospitals it is much cheaper - Rs.3-6 lakh - depending on the type of procedure, he said.

    According to Kumar, stem cell transplant has shown 50 per cent success in treating certain kinds of cancers and even more in other major conditions like beta thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder, and aplastic anaemia, a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells.

    Stem cell transplant has shown 70-80 per cent success in treating non-malignant diseases like aplastic anaemia.

    Stem cells can be taken from siblings or family members after tissue matching, known as allogeneic transplant, from the patient's blood, known as autologous transplant or can be harvested from a newborn's umbilical cord, which is a rich source of such cells.

    Among the major hospitals that carry out stem cell transplant are AIIMS and the Army Hospital in the capital, the Tata Memorial Centre and Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai and CMC in Tamil Nadu's Vellore town. There are more than 500 centres in the world where stem cell transplant is done, he said.

    "Around 500 stem cell transplants are done in India in a year, which is very small compared to the need. We need many, many more centres in India," Kumar said.

    India also needs to set up more stem cell banks and a registry of donors, like in the West, with complete information such as blood group and tissue matching to make it easier for matching for a stem cell procedure, he said.

    "A registry of donors is useful when a match can't be found in the family of the patient for stem cell transplant."

    Besides setting up more stem cell transplant centres or setting aside an exclusive block in a hospital for the purpose, more trained doctors are needed as well as hospital staff, he feels.

    "There should also be more awareness among physicians so that they refer the patients at the right time for a stem cell transplant," he said.

    Kumar said there is a better success rate in the case of thalassemia if the patient is referred by the treating doctor for a stem cell transplant early.

    He added that more awareness should be spread about the procedure among the patient's family and the community.

    "There is a lack of awareness about stem cell transplant among people. Many people asked to donate stem cells, even among the patient's own family, feel they will get weakened by donating. And this is also true among the educated.

    Stem cell donation is just like blood donation," Kumar said.

    AIIMS has its stem cell transplant wing on the seventh floor of the cancer department. There are nine beds, and they are generally full, the doctor said.

    The hospital does about five procedures in a month. For a procedure called allogeneic, where a genetically similar donor's tissue is used, like a sibling or even an unrelated donor, great care has to be taken before and after the procedure.

    In some cases, despite matching with the donor, the patient can reject the graft. Then it involves a long process of giving immunosuppressants, or medications that help prevent organ rejection in transplants and reduce inflammation, or steroids to help the patient in accepting the transplant, he said.
     
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    Will Medical Tourism Be India’s Next Big Industry?

    In a past, U.S. President Barack Obama has singled out India for what he sees as a nation usurping American jobs and business. In May 2009, he private some taxation incentives for U.S. companies who allegedly elite to outsource rather than emanate domestic jobs. “Buffalo before Bangalore” was his rallying call during a time. Now, India is behind in his crosshairs. In Apr 2011, he told a city gymnasium entertainment in Virginia that Americans shouldn’t have to go to India or Mexico for “cheap” health care. “I would like we to get it right here in a U.S.,“ he said.
    “It’s a 100% domestic statement,“ Gopal Dabade, convener of a All India Drug Action Network, told weekly newsmagazine India Today. Others in India were equally vicious and dismissive. But some have taken some-more critical objection. “Not acceptable,“ says sovereign health apportion Ghulam Nabi Azad. Affordable health caring does not meant a medicine is defective to any superpower’s. we would like to contend a medicines are indigenous, they are superior, and supremacy does not come by sharpening costs.“
    The bone of row is a word “cheap.“ Obama substantially used a tenure in a clarity of reduction expensive. But Indians have interpreted it as clarification “tawdry and inferior.“ Analysts don’t design Obama’s domestic posturing to make any disproportion to a upsurge of U.S. medical tourists into India. But there is a sneaking fear, nevertheless, that a nascent zone could be hamstrung during birth.

    There Is No Choice

    “Patients do not transport to India for health caring services since they have a choice and they select to go to India,“ says Ravi Aron, professor during a Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a comparison associate during The Mack Center for Technological Innovation during Wharton. “They transport to India since they have no choice.“ Adds Rana Mehta, executive director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India: “If patients see value in what India has to offer, they will continue to come.“
    Indians feel depressed that they have been singled out. In medical tourism, a nation is still a bit player. According to a news by a Delhi-based RNCOS, that specializes in Industry comprehension and artistic solutions for contemporary business segments, India’s share in a tellurian medical tourism courtesy will strech around 3% by a finish of 2013. The Dec 2010 news — patrician “Booming Medical Tourism in India“ – says that a courtesy should beget revenues of around US$3 billion by 2013. “The Indian medical tourism courtesy is now in a early expansion stage,“ says RNCOS arch executive Shushmul Maheshwari.
    Guess who’s a biggest customer of medical tourism? It’s a U.S. “The largest segment, with 40% of all medical travelers, seeks a world’s many modernized technologies,“ says a McKinsey Co paper patrician “Mapping a marketplace for medical travel.“ “These group and women take their hunt for high-quality medical caring global, giving small courtesy to a vicinity of intensity destinations or a cost of care. Most such patients transport to a U.S.” What worries a Indian courtesy is that this is not a initial conflict on Indian medical tourism. In Aug final year, heading medical biography The Lancet had published an essay about a new superbug that it called a New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1). “The intensity of NDM-1 to be a worldwide open health problem is great, and concurrent general notice is needed,“ pronounced a article. Later, a co-author remarkable that some element had been extrinsic into a essay but his knowledge; a editor of The Lancet had to apologize for fixing a bug after New Delhi, and a Indian method of health had to import in. “The conclusions are installed with a deduction that these insurgency genes/organism presumably originated in India and it might not be protected for U.K. patients to opt for medicine in India,“ pronounced a ministry. “The medical journal’s explain is not upheld by any systematic information and so tarnishes a repute of a country.“ Rightly or wrongly, a supervision and many in India’s medical investiture trust that fixing a superbug New Delhi was to keep U.K. medical tourists during home. “The superbug positively garnered a lot of media courtesy given a name,“ says Preetha Reddy, handling executive of Apollo Hospitals.
    It won’t keep medical tourists during home, only as Obama’s interest is approaching to be ignored. “People will always import a cost and a benefit,” says Reuben Abraham. “If there is a 10% saving and there is a risk of a superbug afterwards chances are that people will not wish to take it. But if we are charity an 80% discount, it is a opposite matter. If India continues to offer high peculiarity health caring during one-tenth a cost in a U.S. afterwards these things will not make an impact.“

    The Next Big Thing

    If all this is going to have singular impact, since is India removing so agitated? The answer lies in a intensity of medical tourism. It could simply be a subsequent vast thing. Unlike business routine outsourcing (BPO), that is on a whole unequivocally low-tech, health caring — quite worldly procedures — is unequivocally high-tech. India has not been means to set adult an adequate health caring infrastructure for a possess adults and it doesn’t have a income to do so. Creation of a worldly medical tourism structure will have a trickle-down effect.
    “India has a tip intensity in medical tourism in a world,“ says Maheshwari of RNCOS. “Factors such as low cost, scale and operation of treatments compute it from other medical tourism destinations. Moreover, expansion in India’s medical tourism marketplace will be a bonus for several compared industries, including a sanatorium industry, a medical apparatus industry, and a curative industry.“His investigate shows that CAGR (compound annual expansion rates) in income in 2011-13 will be 26%. In terms of medical tourists, a series would hold 1.3 million by 2013 during a CAGR of 19%. “Medical tourism can be deliberate one of a fast flourishing industries in a Indian economy on a behind of several factors,“ he says. “However, a courtesy is during a nascent theatre and requires a few years to strech a height already determined by a IT sector.” “India has been ranked among a tip 5 destinations for medical tourism,“ says Rana Kapoor, founder, handling executive and CEO of Yes Bank, that has recently finished a investigate on health and wellness tourism in India along with peak cover of commerce FICCI. The ranking by Nuwire Investors, an online source for news on choice investments, puts Panama on top, followed by Brazil, Malaysia and Costa Rica. “India is looking during exponential expansion as distant as tourism is concerned,“ continues Kapoor. “Yes Bank forecasts that there will be an boost in domestic traveller movements over a duration (2008-2020) by 118% and unfamiliar traveller inflows over a same duration will boost by 71.87%. What a intensity for medical tourism from within this expansion rate of 71.87% will be depends on supervision policies, faith of a patients and many other outmost factors. We truly trust that this zone will play a poignant purpose as a writer towards a altogether tourism expansion in India.“
    “I strongly trust that many developments opposite a universe will put India in a illusory position,“ says Devi Shetty, cardiac surgeon and authority of Narayana Hrudayalaya. “We furnish a largest series of doctors, nurses and medical technicians in a world. Also, we have been traditionally related with western health caring since of a British change on a medical preparation and a ability to pronounce English. This is intensely critical for building [global] health care. Our biggest item is a ability to furnish a largest series of technically-skilled individuals. We also have a largest series of USFDA (U.S. Food and Drugs Administration)-approved drug production units outward a U.S.“

    Differences over Terminology

    Shetty doesn’t like a tenure medical tourism. “Medical caring is something that is unequivocally stressful and people cruise this underneath extensive pressure,“ he says. “It is an eventuality where people are frightened of losing their lives. It might not be suitable to call it tourism. Tourism is a opposite business altogether.“ Adds Mehta of PwC: “The tourism member is unequivocally unequivocally weak. Most unfamiliar patients come to India for ongoing and critical medical diagnosis and we would call it medical value travel.“ Aron of Johns Hopkins has nonetheless another view. “The universe over it is famous as a tellurian health caring smoothness system,“ he says. Reddy of Apollo agrees with Mehta. Says she: “At Apollo Hospitals, we cite to tenure this business event as ‘medical value travel’ as people transport to a hospitals for critical life melancholy health conditions, that radically need rarely learned doctors and medical infrastructure and not small teenager treatments like cosmetic enhancements, dental work or wellness that can be joined with holidays, as a tenure ‘medical tourism’ implies.“
    The multiplicity of names is accompanied by a far-reaching operation of numbers. The difficulty was started by a McKinsey investigate on Mapping a Market mentioned earlier. The May 2008 news pronounced that “medical transport has prisoner a world’s courtesy and imagination“. But it went on to explain that a McKinsey clarification of medical traveler was unequivocally opposite from what many others suspicion him to be. The initial to be knocked off were expats looking for health caring in their nation of stay. That accounted for 25-30% of a normal medical traveller pool. Then was a shred categorized underneath emergencies. These were typical tourists held adult in accidents. That separated another 30-35%. McKinsey estimated a remaining during “between 60,000 and 85,000 inpatients a year“, many reduce than generally supposed numbers. For instance, a 2008 Deloitte Center for Health Solutions news on “Medical Tourism: Consumers in Search of Value“ put a series of Americans who had trafficked abroad for medical caring in 2007 during 750,000. McKinsey excludes “wellness“ tourists (acupuncture, spas, yoga, aromatherapy and a like), patients from adjacent countries, and outpatients — those who don’t need to check into hospital.
    The Deloitte news says that India is stepping on a gas; a medical tourism zone is approaching to grow 30% annually adult to 2015. An refurbish on a news says that a U.S. retrogression is pushing some-more people out of a nation for health care; U.S. outbound medical tourism is projected to boost 35% annually from 2010-2012. “Medical tourism [today] represents a maturation of a lodge industry,“ a news sums up.
    Maheshwari of RNCOS agrees that mercantile problems are pushing some-more Americans abroad for health care. “Under roughly low income increments, a disposable income and saving considerations of U.S. adults are still good subsequent a pre-crisis levels,“ he says. “In this scenario, a low cost diagnosis and scarcely 0 watchful time joined with a proven lane record offer available procedures for traveller arrivals from several geographical locations including a U.S.“
    “Over a past few years, a medical tourism story has altered dramatically in India,“ says a new Cover Story in weekly business repository BusinessWorld. (That it done it to a Cover is a thoughtfulness of a flourishing significance of a sector.) “Not since a supervision has figured out a solution. But quite since of private craving — with a few corporate hospitals, chemists and freelance agents all operative in tandem to build a abounding ecosystem that educates, facilitates and ferries medical tourists from opposite a world. Last year, this ecosystem was obliged for about 600,000 patients travelling to India and spending US$1 billion in removing treated here. (The numbers are courtesy estimates as a supervision does not have any central statistics on a subject.) Corporate hospitals such as Apollo, Fortis Hospital and Max as good as business associations guess that a business is flourishing by 40% year-on-year.“ (Obviously, a expansion numbers change depending on who we speak to.)

    Other Markets Will Turn to India

    “India’s intensity is huge,“ says Mehta of PwC. “Some 80% of unfamiliar patients entrance to India are from a adjacent countries and from Iraq, Afghanistan, a former Soviet Union, etc and now increasingly from Africa. But now with India proof itself as a convincing provider of value health care, a western race ageing, and health caring apropos some-more formidable there, we design some-more people to come from a U.S. and a U.K.“
    Mehta says that some things went wrong with a progressing planning. “We approaching many patients to come from a U.S. and Europe. We approaching people to come for cosmetic and regenerative diagnosis and this is where there is some-more intensity for tourism. But a infancy indeed came for cardiac treatment, cancer treatment, knee deputy and other critical ailments. Therefore, tourism was not unequivocally of importance. We did not get a cost cause right. We suspicion that typically in India it costs one-tenth of that in a U.S., so we could cost during 5X. But hospitals have not been means to assign unequivocally much. At present, with a unfamiliar patient, there is around 20% some-more earning.“
    Cost is, of course, being underplayed in a selling efforts; this is since a word “cheap“ rankles. “The studious is customarily acutely wakeful of a disproportion in a plaque cost for care,“ says Aron. “There is no reason to pull courtesy to this.”That’s an area where India enjoys an advantage over other countries too. According to a BusinessWorld report, a heart bypass medicine costs US$144,000 in a U.S., US$25,000 in Costa Rice, US$24,000 in Thailand, US$20,000 in Mexico, US$13,500 in Singapore, and US$8,500 in India. “The peculiarity is excellent,“ says Maheshwari. In India, there is also reduction watchful time and personalized services.

    Becoming an Industry

    Medical tourism is also holding figure as an industry, yet there are some who feel that it will eventually tumble in many buckets. (The new FICCI-Yes Bank investigate talks of wellness tourism, health tourism…) “There are over 3,371 hospitals and around 750,000 purebred medical practitioners,“ says Maheshwari.
    Shetty says it is easier to get loans these days. “Earlier, it was formidable for us to muster outrageous financial support to emanate vast hospitals. However, things have altered now,“ he explains. Indian companies are also holding over sanatorium bondage in Asia — Fortis has left on a selling spree, yet it’s not been wholly successful — and environment adult front-ends in other countries for selling purposes. Apollo has facilitation centers in Oman, Nigeria and a U.S. Max is benefaction in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Says Reddy of Apollo: “There are several pivotal players. Apollo Hospitals continues to attract a largest numbers of general patients followed by Max, Fortis and Workhardt.“
    “Another event that Indian operators are now saying is that we don’t have to offer these health caring services from India,“ says Abraham of ISB. “For instance we can offer it from say, Cayman Islands or a Bahamas. Ultimately, a creation is in a routine and as prolonged as we can move a same routine innovation, even if a cost goes adult a small as compared to charity it from India, it will still be a estimable saving for a patient.“
    This is one area where China is no threat. Foreigners in China still rush to Hong Kong when they need diagnosis since they can't promulgate with internal doctors.
    But what a budding zone will have to contend with is a Indian government. Take one example. With a goal of creation things smoother, a supervision introduced a medical visa (M visa), that was faster and easier to get. In a wisdom, however, it combined a rare proviso — “Foreigners entrance on M visa will be compulsory to get themselves purebred mandatorily good within a duration of 14 days of attainment with a endangered Foreigners Regional Registration Office.” The finish result: even patients who have to be carried into India on stretchers are entrance on traveller visas. If a supervision wants medical tourism to be a subsequent vast thing, it has to put a residence in order.
    As for a evident controversies, Shetty is unequivocally clear. “President Obama’s matter or a New Delhi superbug will not impact medical tourism growth in India,“ he says. “First of all, he was not criticizing India. He was only perplexing to put his residence in order.“

    Healthy Business: Will Medical Tourism Be India’s Next Big Industry? - LiveNewsIndia.com
     
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    Medical Tourism in India - Medical Tourism in India Can Contribute Rs. 50 To 100 Bn Additional Revenue For Up Market Tertiary Hospitals By 2012

    This report covers the Indian Medical tourism market. India with advanced medical services paired with exotic natural bounties has become a heaven for medical tourists. The medical tourism industry in India is all set to be the next big success story after software in India. According to the prediction of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and McKinsey, the industry will grow to earn additional revenue of $2.3 billion by 2012.
    Medical tourism in India can contribute Rs. 50 to 100 bn additional revenue for up market tertiary hospitals by 2012, and will account for 3-5 percent of the total healthcare delivery market, says the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-McKinsey study on healthcare. The Indian medical tourism industry, growing at an annual rate of 30 percent, caters to patients chiefly from the US, Europe, West Asia and Africa. Although in its nascent stage, the industry is outsmarting similar industries of other countries such as Greece, South Africa, Jordan, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore.

    Research and Markets: Medical Tourism in India - Medical Tourism in India Can Contribute Rs. 50 To 100 Bn Additional Revenue For Up Market Tertiary Hospitals By 2012 | Business Wire
     
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    As it is they only treat for money now, if this takes off they will push us to the back of the bench!
     
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    They already pushed us to the back of the bench.

    Foreigner = more money

    Indians = Less money!
     
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    I hope the position paper from Wharton University's India portal is credited somewhere, because that is the original source of this article.

    India still has some hurdles to become a truly state of the art global healthcare delivery center, and most of it has to do with the lack of infrastructure. I do hope that while this private industry keeps expanding the benefits are also diverted to India's currently inadequate) health care system.
     
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    Medical Tourism India

    Whatever features may be the attraction on India by western countries is not less due to its World Class treatments and improvements in infrastructure, technology and equipment and many more. India is rated among 5 places for favorite tourism worldwide. The Cancer Treatment Hospitals in India is another important fact to have more visitors.

     
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    Just for the record - We dont even spend 1% of our GDP in Health Care Sector!!!
     
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    I am coming back for one month to attend my brother's marriage next year and will get a tooth implant for me and refractive surgery for my wife's eyes. I will spend 4,000 dollars and save 10,000 dollars at the same time. So medical tourism rocks.
     
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    Americans flocking to India for stem cell therapy

    Americans flocking to India for stem cell therapy - The Times of India


    A growing number of Americans are travelling to India to seek treatment for rare diseases through India's experimental embryonic stem cell therapy, according to an investigative report.

    Among them Cash Burnaman, a 6-year-old South Carolina boy, who travelled with his parents to India seeking treatment for a rare genetic condition that has left him developmentally disabled, CNN reported.

    "Cash is mute. He walks with the aid of braces. To battle his incurable condition, which is so rare it doesn't have a name, Cash has had to take an artificial growth hormone for most of his life," it said.

    His divorced parents, Josh Burnaman and Stephanie Krolick, have paid tens of thousands of dollars to have Cash undergo experimental injections of human embryonic stem cells at New Delhi's NuTech Mediworld run by Dr. Geeta Shroff, a retired obstetrician and self-taught embryonic stem cell practitioner.

    Shroff first treated Cash -- who presents symptoms similar to Down Syndrome -- in 2010. "I am helping improve their quality of life," she told CNN.

    After five weeks of treatment, Cash and his parents returned home to the US. That's when Cash began walking with the aid of braces for the first time.

    For four or five weeks of treatment, Shroff says she has charged her 87 American patients an average of $25,000.

    But doctors cited by CNN said all that work and hope and money Cash's supporters have funnelled into his experimental therapy likely will have no medical benefits.

    "There is zero evidence for what she (Shroff) is doing being effective," Rutgers University's Dr. Wise Young, a leading US neuroscientist, was quoted as saying.

    "It's concerning no matter how you look at it," said CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. "Frankly it's the complete wrong way of going about this sort of science."

    A leading Indian neurosurgeon, Dr. P.N. Tandon, cited by CNN agreed there was zero medical evidence of the effectiveness of embryonic stem cell therapy like that provided at NuTech Mediworld

    But inside her clinic, surrounded by patients, Shroff disagreed. "Success," she told CNN, "is defined differently by various groups of people within that therapy mode. So as of right now, almost everyone -- greater than 90 percent -- have had success."
     
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    Shroff is a charlatan who should be driven out of the medical profession.
     
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    Injection of human embryonic stem cells would have the same effect as any other foreign protein in the body - - rejection and probably death.
     
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    By that rationale every one practicing stem cell research is a charlatan. :rolleyes:

    You must try to be more open about the topic. There is enough evidence to suggest that it works. The Europeans would not invest millions if otherwise. India is one of the leading research centers. Just because some American states are too backward to acknowledge its benefits does not make it wrong.
     
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    I'll be open about the topic when an article entitled Americans flocking to India for stem cell therapy cites more than one example from the flock..
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    My comment is not specific to the practicioner mentioned in the article. It is about stem cell research. I dont know if your aversion is to the individual or the science itself. Your previous comment seemed to target both and thats just unfortunate.
     
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    i tend to agree in the sense that one example isnt enough to prove a point , a larger sample size would give a better picture
     
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    Michael J. Fox was an advocate for stem cell research and it became a political issue in a senate election.

    Michael J. Fox sidelines stem cells for Parkinson's - health - 22 May 2012 - New Scientist
     
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    will be given after (hla)match. so nothing happens usually.
     

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