Health Tourism

You’ve got to be kidding me:

Press reports from India following a meeting between President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggest the US is considering outsourcing some HIV/AIDS care to that country.

The reports cite a joint statement issued following the meeting on trade, security and HIV/AIDS that said health tourism from the US to India was an area with "enormous potential for collaboration".

Given India's "world-class medical care facilities at reasonable costs, the two countries could leverage Indian expertise for their economic and social benefit" the Times of India quotes the joint statement as saying.

The two countries agreed to harmonize their healthcare systems and develop specialized medical insurance and legal packages for US patients to boost health tourism.
Health tourism?! If that isn’t the most fucked-up euphemism invoked as polish for an odious turd I’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is.

I can’t even begin to comprehend what the point of this is. Is the president seriously proposing shipping off patients with HIV/AIDS to India for treatment? Good Christ. Let me guess what’s next—Roe won’t be overturned, but you’ve got to go to India for an abortion! And while you’re there, stop by the Taj Mahal—it’s health tourism, bitches!

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