WASHINGTON: India's great outsourcing debate
with the United States may have just moved from software to
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