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Foreign patients turn to India in search of cut-price cures

Doctors in Fortis hospital in New Delhi monitor live footages of a patient’s liver in an ICU ward

By: Eastern Eye Staff

WHEN doctors told Australian Greg Jefferys he had Hepatitis C and the disease was destroying his liver, the devastating diagnosis was compounded by the cost of a cure. Unable to afford Sovaldi, hailed as a miracle drug, the 61-year-old flew to India, one of a growing army of patients seeking out low-cost, life-saving medicines on the subcontinent. Their illnesses vary – Hepatitis C, cancer and HIV are among the most common – but they are almost always desperate, seeing in India their only hope to save their life or that of a loved one. They contact underground “buyers clubs”, make…

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