A story in the New York Times last week, captioned ‘Insurer Offers Option for Surgery in India’ caught my eye. Rewind to the summer of 2006, when I was in New York trying to convince some of the leading health insurers to consider developing a new low premium health insurance product for the huge numbers of uninsured in the US. Everybody I met heard me out patiently but was not willing to take the plunge. I tried hard but success eluded me. Some of my colleagues consoled me by saying that maybe I am ahead of the times.
Now it seems they were right. The New York Times report says that ‘the health insurer Wellpoint is testing a new program that gives covered patients the option of going to India for elective surgery, with no out of pocket medical costs and free travel for both the patient and a companion’. Continue reading