Want op in the UK? Wait one year
So injuried teen flies to India where surgery is cheaper
August 07, 2005
HE has to wait 17 weeks just for an appointment. Then he has to wait at least another nine months for an operation in the UK.
So British mum Karen Knott, who couldn't bear to see her 14-year-old son, Elliot, in pain has decided to fly him to India for an operation.
She has to fork out 6,000-pound ($17,000) for the trip and the cost of surgery in New Delhi, reported the Daily Mail.
She discovered that the alternative in the UK - going private - would have cost about 25,000(pound).
Her son is suffering from spondylolisthesis, a condition which developed after he injured his back while ice-skating. It is caused when a vertebra slips out of line and presses on a nerve.
Elliot can barely stand and has to be helped around his home near Dorchester. He was due to begin his GCSE courses next term, but has had to stop attending classes because of the pain.
His local hospital does not carry out the procedure and referred him to Southampton General Hospital.
But since the referral, he has not been seen by a doctor.
After making inquiries about going private, his parents, who are both design engineers for Westland Helicopters, discovered that the operation could be carried out in India for 4,700.
Elliot and his mother fly out on Tuesday and will be in India for 18 days.
Mrs Knott is appalled by the irony of the situation when many new doctors in the UK are unable to find positions in hospitals because there aren't enough training places.
'It is the worst age for something like this to happen (to Elliot). He is still growing and active, and about to start his GCSEs,' said Mrs Knott, who has another son, Ryan, 10.
She arranged the operation through the Taj Medical group. The price includes hospital accommodation for herself. Flights cost 1,300.
'It is a fraction of the cost of going private,' she said.
A spokesman from Southampton General Hospital said: 'Even though our waiting times are within the national levels it is difficult when you are the person affected.
'Staff who have these specialised skills are in short supply and a lot of their time is taken up with emergency cases.'
And people want national healthcare here......
Fuckheads, all of em.
I was listening to some radio program the other day where the frigging leftist liberal lunatic
was saying that America didn't want socialized medicine because hillary was a woman.........