Monday, February 26, 2007

A chance to jump wait list

This isn't a specifically a Canadian pharmacy story, but it's about a Canadian pharmacist who was one the internet pharmacy pioneers. Now that the online pharmacy business has cooled, it can be expected that some of those original entrepreneurs will use their experience and resources to branch out into different projects.

From the Winnipeg Free Press:
Manitobans will have the chance to jump the wait list and pay for their own surgeries in India and Cuba thanks to a new medical tourist program starting this spring.

Choice Medical Services is set to launch in less than three months, and is intended to be a middle-class alternative to pricey procedures at the U.S. Mayo Clinic. For about $6,000, patients can pay out-of-pocket for a total hip replacement in Delhi, India, instead of waiting an average of 25 weeks in Manitoba or forking over upwards of $20,000 to have the surgery done in the U.S.

Local businessman and Internet pharmacy pioneer Daren Jorgenson has already inked agreements with Apollo Hospitals Group in India and the Cuban Ministry of Health in Havana to start sending patients through the program, which he said is a safe alternative for Manitobans frustrated with lengthy wait times in the health care system. ...more

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