April 14th, 2005


Low Costs Lure Foreigners to India for Medical Care


April 7, 2005
Low Costs Lure Foreigners to India for Medical Care

BANGALORE, India, April 6 - Until recently, Robert Beeney, a 64-year-old real estate consultant from San Francisco, lived in pain. But when he finally decided to do something about the discomfort, he spurned all the usual choices.

His doctors advised that he get his hip joint replaced, which his insurer would pay for, but after doing some research on the Internet, he decided to get a different procedure - joint resurfacing - not covered by his insurance. And instead of going to a nearby hospital, he chose to go to India and paid $6,600, a fraction of the $25,000 he would have paid at home for the surgery.

This winter, Mr. Beeney flew to Hyderabad, in southern India, and had the surgery at Apollo Hospital by a specialist trained in London, Dr. Vijay Bose. Two weeks later, Mr. Beeney said that he was walking around the Taj Mahal "just like any other tourist."

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Seasteading talk in Boulder, CO

Patri Friedman will be giving a talk on seasteading on Monday, April 18th, 2005, 7:00-9:00 pm

Colorado University - Boulder, MCDB A2B70, (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Room A2B70)

Mission Possible: Creating New Countries in Ocean Waters

Imagine building floating cities in the ocean! It sounds like a wild idea, but with every passing year, technology makes it more feasible. Within our lifetimes, we will likely see the reality of mankind colonizing the ocean! This lecture will include a practical approach to building floating cities as well as some of the financial and political considerations. The approach is interdisciplinary and will include various aspects of the endeavor including engineering, structural design, business models, and funding.