After suffering massive heart failure, Brian Navalinsky, an architect from Conyers, Georgia, flew 9,000 miles to a most unexpected place: Bangalore, India. Why Bangalore? Because that’s the location of Dr. Devi Shetty’s flagship Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital for cardiac surgery. Shetty has been dubbed the “Henry Ford of Heart Surgery” for an economy-of-scale approach that cuts costs without reducing quality. In cash-strapped India, as Shetty tells us, “We have to innovate. Otherwise our people are going to die.”
In the U.S., meanwhile, almost one-fifth of our GDP goes to health care. Despite all that spending, the overall quality of our care is distinctly average. In this week’s show: frugal innovation, or how to do more with less, when it comes to healthcare.