Browncast episode 89: Dr Sunny Anand, part 2

Our conversation with Dr Anand was interrupted due to technical problems, so we recorded another session. This is session two of our talk with Dr Anand..

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As mentioned in last week’s session, Dr Sunny Anand is a highly esteemed Pediatric intensivist at Stanford who also works with the heart to heart foundation and provides quality heart surgeries and cardiac care across India (and other countries) in collaboration with Sai Sanjeevani hospitals. He talks about his work, the services provided by this chain of completely free top-of-the-line heart surgery centers, healthcare in the India and the United States, etc.Kanwaljeet J. S. ("Sunny") Anand, MD, has joined Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children's Health as the new division chief of palliative care & critical care medicine. (Photo: Business Wire)

Those wishing to learn more about the heart to heart foundation (chaired by legendary cricketer and gentleman Suni Gavaskar) can check out their website here. 

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Omar Ali

I am a physician interested in obesity and insulin resistance, and in particular in the genetics and epigenetics of obesity As a blogger, I am more interested in history, Islam, India, the ideology of Pakistan, and whatever catches my fancy. My opinions can change.

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4 years ago

Great conversation!

That there has not been an improvement in costs or care in the American healthcare baffles me, given there are so many examples around the world to draw from.

1. I was recently in Florida and had to go into the clinic for a family member. A non-complex 5 minute consultation as an international traveller cost us 390 USD. A similar consult would cost a foreigner in Canada 140 CAD. So more than 3.5 x. I don’t know, maybe we got ripped off, but like we had a choice.

2. A colleague once had a sports injury. He was pre-insured. First, they had to deal with multiple agencies, which clearly add tons of middlemen. When he called one of the agnets about a specific question on a cost item, the unsolicited response was “Actually, for you sir, we will reduce to quarter of the price.” I’m thinking, what the heck? This are we bargaining for onions?

Having said that, I have to say that Canada and the world benefits from the medical research done in the US. But does it have to come at such a high cost of capital and human suffering? The “how” in healthcare discussed by Dr. Anand through either “Seva” or any equivalent “subjective care” gives me hope.

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