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Outsourcing blues? Have a heart! Add to Clippings
CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA

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[ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2004 12:23:23 AM ]
WASHINGTON: India's great outsourcing debate with the United States may have just moved from software to 'heartware.'

Defeated by exorbitant health care costs in the United States, a North Carolina worker flew into New Delhi over the weekend for a heart surgery on the cheap.

Howard Staab was wheeled into the Operation Room at Escorts Heart Institute at 9 a.m. on Monday listening to "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," with dhanyavaad written on his chest with a purple marker.

He was out in the Recovery Room by 3.30 p.m. with "every best case scenario plan implemented," according to his partner Maggi Grace. A team of doctors led by the well-known cardiologist Dr Naresh Trehan fixed a broken mitral valve in his heart.

The cost of the procedure and after care in India – less than $ 20,000, compared to the $ 200,000 Staab was asked to fork out in the US.

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