F: Foreign Body (2022 A-Z)
“But why Istanbul, Grandma? Why not right here, in your own city?”
“Too expensive, my dear. Our insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic surgery. Besides, it would be a good vacation. Your grandpa and I’ve never stayed in luxury hotels.”
“This one’s lining the beach. Wouldn’t that be good?”
“I still don’t understand, Grandpa, she’s been in recovery for 3 weeks, why can’t you come back?”
I sense the helplessness in his voice. Something seems terribly wrong.
“What aren’t you telling me, Gramps?”
“I … your grandma, she … some mix-up, she has a big scar … near her kidney.”
Previously, individuals from lesser developed countries used to travel to more developed ones for treatments often unavailable at home. However, the reverse of it now happens now. Popularly known as Medical Tourism, it enables individuals in developed countries with low insurance covers or low personal funds to travel to major medical centers in lesser developed countries. As a result, these get packaged as holistic treatment plans – complete with tourism, luxury stays and wellness. With a booming medical tourism industry, countries like Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Israel, Turkey and more provide good results, experiences, and savings. Foreign Body, by Robin Cook, is based on a American insurance-medical provider coterie that creates such horror stories with people sent abroad in order to debunk medical tourism, to keep their own coffers full.
15 thoughts on “F: Foreign Body (2022 A-Z)”
Good concept, a stark warning. Thankfully held back by good regulation on both sides.
I totally loved your review of the book and found it pretty intriguing. 😍 Will well penned 👍👍👌👌👌
Ufff!!!! Goosebumps…. ❤❤❤❤
Hospitalization be it in or outside the country is scary. Heard people dying while getting a root canal. But at the moment I feel so stuck even medical tourism looks like a fun thing to do.
This sounds so real, although i didnt opt for it but the fees quoted to me for a molar tooth transplant in Singapore, i could had similar luxury trip to India like the Grandma 🤣🤣🤣
Well written Deepa
I wonder how Grandma will handle it when she finds out about the trouble she’s in
Cheap is more often expensive.
Very true. Paying the cost of desires with one’s health and potentially even life.
Ah! The premise of book sounds scary.. I feel wow by ur choice of books…I think i can see ur blog rather than good reads!
Am quite intrigued abt book
If you have not tried Robin Cook, try one of his. After a few books, the general context of the book is mostly along the same lines though the actual plot and characters might be different. They’re quite good. One of my earliest full novels. Try Coma or Foreign Body.
Short horror story, very well written Deepa!
Thank you, Bharati!
Nice.. Wordle followed by your short is the new routine. Keep it coming
Good to hear! Happy writer here! Thanks Santosh!