Health tourism in India – why no pain relief?

2013 October 19
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Dr Esther Munyoro from Kenya writes to ask:
LDI C2 EstherI am a Palliative Care Doctor in Kenya who is involved in caring for patients who have had treatment in India and I have also escorted Patients to hospitals in India. My concern is that even in a country with such advanced medical care patients do not have physical pain adequately addressed. When opioids are prescribed it is usually too little too late. In country that has a robust medical healthcare system with evidence-based practice why is pain not adequately dealt with?
Why indeed?  Why not relieve suffering?  Will corporate hospitals in India take note of the fact that Indian hospitals are steadily achieving a bad reputation abroad for not relieving pain?

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