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Medical Tourism Marred By Middlemen Doctors.

In Health, India on November 21, 2013 at 11:16

As the world has shrunk, people now go out of their country for Treatment .

The treatment outside their country of birth my be cheaper.

The reasons are,

  • Government and private sector investment in healthcare infrastructure
  • Demonstrable commitment to international accreditation, quality assurance, and transparency of outcomes
  • International patient flow
  • Potential for cost savings on medical procedures
  • Political transparency and social stability
  • Excellent tourism infrastructure
  • Sustained reputation for clinical excellence
  • History of healthcare innovation and achievement
  • Successful adoption of best practices and state-of-the-art medical technology
  • Availability of internationally-trained, experienced medical staff.
  • The top destinations are, according to patients without borders,

Top destinations are, according to Patients beyond Borders,

“Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States,

for the reason stated.

The Global Market for Medical Tourism .

Medical Tourism Germany

Sarkis Sargsyan (back) stands at the Klinik rechts der Isar, in Munich, with his wife and brother: Like the Sargsyans, hundreds of thousands of people receive treatment in a foreign country every year. This medical tourism earns German hospitals and doctors roughly €1 billion ($1.35 billion) in annual revenues. In 2011, 82,854 foreign patients were treated in Germany on an inpatient basis and about 123,000 on an outpatient basis.

the market size is USD 24-40 billion, based on approximately eight million cross-border patients worldwide spending an average of USD 3,000-5,000 per visit, including all medically-related costs, cross-border and local transport, inpatient stay and accommodations. We estimate some 900,000 Americans will travel outside the US for medical care this year (2013).”

India is a major destination for Medical Tourism, mainly because of the quality of Doctors ad Treatment and of course, cost.

The cost is low because of the weak rupee against the Dollar and when compared to the cost of treatment in the US, India is cheaper cost-wise.

For the other third world countries the quality of treatment is better .

However even this low-cost Medical Treatment is because of the greedy Corporate Hospitals and some greedy medical professionals and medical Test Centers.

The Doctors prescribe a host of tests not warranted because they get a standard 15% of the cost of the tests.

Surgery cost depends on your purse and is determined whether you are covered under Medical insurance, have a credit and your financial standing.

Please read my posts filed under health on this subject.

In Medical Tourism the touts come into operation.

All Corporate Multi-Specialty  Hospitals have Agents posted abroad like Dubai.

They literally trap patients.

What they are promised as treatment cost is a fraction of what the patient is ultimately charged .

The patient can not protest as the treatment is complete and he/ she will not be discharged unless the Bill is settled.

Added to this is the illegal practice of the Hospitals’s practice of collecting the patient’s passport, which will not be returned unless the Bill is settled in full.

If some one complains about the Passport, it will be conveniently lost, the Hospitals do not issue receipts for the passports.

But the racket in medical Tourism in the world is ramapant and criminal.

Read this from Der Spiegel.

Sargsyan, his wife and brother landed in Munich on Sept. 16, 2012. They had already paid €3,500 to the IMZ agency as an advance for the treatment and visas, the Sargsyans say.

According to their account, soon after their arrival, they went to the IMZ broker’s office at the Sheraton München Arabellapark Hotel.

There, they allege they were greeted by a man in a suit, Arsen B., whose business card listed an exotic combination of titles: “Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. med., neurosurgeon – orthopedics, Director – Senior Physician.” B. allegedly promised to make the necessary arrangements for Sargsyan with a network of private clinics and doctors’ offices. The family felt like they had met their knight in shining armor.

However, IMZ disputes this account, saying that Arsen B. was abroad on this date and that it does not have an office at this location.

Sargsyan is sitting in a furnished, two-room apartment in northern Munich as he describes his first few days in Germany. He has just returned from radiation treatment, and the blue mask is lying in his lap.

He was a karate fighter and strong as lightning, says his wife, Nelly, a petite, friendly woman. The couple has been married for 21 years. Nelly’s description of her husband is a far cry from the person sitting on the sofa. He has dark bags under his eyes, and he looks depressed and exhausted. It’s hard to imagine that this man has ever laughed.

Sargsyan talks about how the first appointment took him to the Arabella Clinic, where another colonoscopy was performed. The diagnosis described “a coarse tumor that is not passable.” A tissue sample revealed that the tumor was malignant. Doctors also found metastases in Sargsyan’s liver and lungs. An interpreter with the agency translated for the patient. “The news was bad,” says Sargsyan, “but I trusted the doctors.” He also trusted Arsen B., who seemed to have a plan for everything.

To prevent intestinal obstruction, Sargsyan was given a colostomy. Local doctors performed the first cycle of chemotherapy, followed by radiation therapy. The brother handled financial matters, paying €10,000 to the IMZ office for the initial treatment. Because he paid with a credit card, he was also charged a 5 percent surcharge. “Thank you for your confidence,” the customer receipts read.

Source:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-health-care-system-cashes-in-on-foreign-patients-a-933517.html

http://www.patientsbeyondborders.com/medical-tourism-statistics-facts

 

Sex Show Animals out of…. , In Phuket Rihanna Tweets

In Interesting and funny on October 20, 2013 at 18:35

A Sex Bar was closed after singer Rihanna twetted about a lewd Sex Show in Phuket Sex district and as a result the bar was closed.

What sort of peep show is this to involve……?

Tweet of Rihanna.

Rihanna’s Tweet

Sex show Tweet

Rihanna Tweet on Sex Show

 

PHUKET: Officials were lambasted today after Rihanna tweets about Phuket sex shows went viral.

From Twitter account @rihanna, Rihanna expressed her surprise over a Patong showgirl’s abilities. The tweets have been re-tweeted more than 1,000 times, reported The Nation.

The Rihanna tweets stated: “Either I was phuck wasted lastnight, or I saw a Thai woman pull a live bird,2 turtles,razors,shoot darts and ping pong, all out of her pu$$y” and “And THEN she tried to turn water into coke in her $!! Uhh yea, all I’m saying is water went in and soda came out! I’m traumatized!!!”.

Rihanna fans and Thai people across the nation rallied behind Rihanna after the tweets went viral, many placing the blame of the potential bad image created of Phuket and Thailand in the hands of officials.

The support of Rihanna stands at opposite ends with the Thailand’s reaction to a Lady Gaga tweet about wanting to buy a fake Rolex in Bangkok in May, which led to the Commerce Ministry’s Intellectual Property Department filing a complaint with the US Embassy (story here).

“We cannot blame her [Rihanna]. What she said is true. You can easily find it [sex shows] as you just walk around Silom or Khaosan Road. So now when someone brings the issue up, some people start to get upset. It is not because I do not love my country, but it is because I look at it [sex shows] as the reality. This problem should be fixed at the root,” commented ThE-bOy on popular Thai forum Pantip.

Weerawit Kurasombat, president of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), concurred with many online comments that the underlying issue was corrupt officials.

“Our members are against sex shows. However, it is possible for these ping-pong bar shows to continue because police are paid under the table to allow it to happen,” Mr Weerawit said. “Officers refuse to take action against them because of the money they are paid.”

Rihanna’s stay in Phuket after her performance in Manila on Thursday had already led to a media firestorm focusing on photos of her with a slow loris, a protected species, on Soi Bangla (story here).

Additionally, Rihanna’s Instagram account showed a photo of a piece of fan material to be autographed, which she said was handed to her at immigration.

She was in Thailand enjoying a brief break from her Diamonds World Tour when she ran in to trouble two nights running.

On Sept 20 she posted a link on Twitter to an Instagram photo that showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris, and wrote: ‘Look who was talkin dirty to me!’

The slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, is native to Southeast Asia and is listed as a protected species. Use of the slow loris and other protected species for tourist snaps – while common in Thai tourist resorts – is officially illegal.

Thai police must have been keeping tabs on Rihanna, because after she posted the picture, police in Phuket raided Bangla Road the following day to hunt out touts peddling the lorises for pictures with tourists.

‘I had an order from the Phuket Governor to do a raid today after Rihanna posted a photo of her with the loris,’ Awat Nithikil, leader of the patrol officers and senior forest academic at Khao Phra Taew Forest Preserve, told the Phuket News

https://twitter.com/rihanna

http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket_news/2013/Phuket-Viral-Rihanna-sex-show-tweets-put-ball-in-police-court-22322.html

 

Ant With Eye-patch!

In animal behavior, Interesting and funny on May 23, 2013 at 20:34

Scientists have discovered a strangely patterned new insect in the Philippines, dubbing it the “pirate ant” because of a dark stripe over its eyes that makes it look like it’s wearing an eye patch.

Ant with yepatch

The unique stripe over the pirate ant’s eye gives the impression of an eye-patch. / BERNHARD SEIFERT/LIVESCIENCE.COM

The formal name of the newfound creature is Cardiocondyla pirata, and belongs to a group of species that are found from Thailand across the whole Indonesian-Malaysian region.

“On a collection trip to the Philippines we looked for different species of the genus Cardiocondyla that is known for its astonishing morphological and behavioral diversity of male ants,” Sabine Frohschammer, a doctoral student at Germany‘s Universitat Regensburg, said in a statement.

Frohschammer and colleagues picked up some already known species, but then found an unidentifiable one lurking between big stones in a shady streambed.

“Due to the darkness of the rain forest and the translucent body parts of the tiny ants they were nearly invisible,” the researchers said. “Under bright light and a magnifier we detected the nice stripe across the eyes and therefore always referred to these species as ‘the pirates.’”

The purpose of this ribbon of pigment on the mostly pigment-free pirate ants remains a mystery, the researchers say, especially since it has not been seen on any other creature of its kind. Pirate ants mate in the dark, and they have poor sight, relying mostly on chemical and tactile recognition cues, not visual ones, for communicating with other individuals in their species. That characteristic eliminates the possibility that the “eye patch” could serve as some sort of sexual signpost, the researchers say.

Source:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57585747/weird-pirate-ant-comes-with-an-eye-patch/

 

US Marines Drink Snake Blood Photos Video

In Interesting and funny, US, videos on February 21, 2013 at 08:44

13,000 soldiers from seven countries (Thailand, United States, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia) are participating in Cobra Gold 2013, a joint, multi-national military training exercise. Cobra Gold focuses on maintaining and improving military-to-military relationships among nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region. Hosted annually by Thailand since 1982, Cobra Gold is the largest joint military exercise in Asia.

U.S. and Thai soldiers swapped skills on how to survive in a tropical forest at a Thai Navy base 90 miles or 145 kilometers east of Bangkok on Wednesday. Thai soldiers showed U.S. Marines how to catch a cobra with their bare hands and how to find water in the jungle as well as drinking snake blood to survive.

Marines catching a Snake.

Marines catching a Snake.

Drinking snake's Blood

Drinking snake’s Blood

Soldier Drinks Snake Blood.

Soldier Drinks Snake Blood.

Snake in The Mouth.

Snake in The Mouth.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/these-pictures-of-marines-drinking-snake-blood-are-the-most

TV Show Cancellation Causes Furor Addiction or Political?

In News on January 8, 2013 at 12:11

The cancellation of two final episodes of  a TV Show caused an uproar in Thailand.

The programmer was focusing on Political manipulation  with a fictitious  prime minister.

 

Does any one remember  ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’, which angered Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.?

 

Story;

A Thai TV station’s decision to cancel a popular and edgy soap opera mini-series has caused an uproar among viewers and critics who are demanding that the show’s final episodes be shown.

Channel 3 announced Friday that it would immediately stop airing the prime-time action drama “Nua Mek 2″ after “having considered that some content was inappropriate for broadcast.”

The show, which began Dec. 14 and was aired three nights a week, told the story of a fictitious Thai prime minister, his corrupt deputy, black magic and political manipulation. After the station’s announcement, the final two two-hour episodes, which were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, were not broadcast.

The station did not further explain its decision to cancel the show, but a Channel 3 executive told a member of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand’s broadcast regulator, that the channel feared the show’s content would violate the law, Thai media reported over the weekend.

Some supporters of the series speculated that Thailand’s government, which closely monitors television content, had a hand in the cancellation, but government officials denied having pressured Channel 3 to terminate the show.

“Those who know best (about the issue) are the broadcaster, producers and related personnel,” Prime Minister’s Office minister Warathep Rattanakorn told reporters Saturday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/tv-drama-cancellation-causes-uproar-thailand_n_2425201.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000032

 

 

Criticism and discussion go on for four long hours before the fanclub admin of the actress wrote a message admitting that the message was written that way because of what they heard on “Krob Krua Bungtern” that a new lakorn is airing this week, that’s why they second guess that “neua Mek 2 is ending this Friday.” And alluding things to politician is also “guessing”. The message are as below:

“Hello, last evening we wrote that neua Mek 2 is ending this Friday and someone took our message out of the page to a lot of places. We would like to clarify that we heard from Pe’Benz in “Krob Krua Bungtern” that the lakorn Raeng Prathana is airing this week, so we guess Neua Mek 2 is ending this Friday. We also guess why it end so early because the lakorn deals with politcal issues. This lead a lot of people to turn this into a big issue regarding politics. The truth was this is all guessing. #admin”

http://sugar-daily.com/mint-chalida-and-controversial-comments-on-nuea-mek-2/

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