Outsourcing of customer service and sneaker production was just the beginning; now employers and HMOs, facing crushing health care costs for employees, want to send them overseas for cheap medical care. The Times story is about how a union blocked such a medical tour for a guy needing his gall bladder removed and muscles in his shoulder repaired. The reason given was concern about the quality of care he would get in Bangalore
There are three competing notions at work here: 1) cutting the outrageous cost of health care in America 2) risking employee health and company liability 3) sending even more jobs overseas.
Either the United States has the best medical care in the world or it doesn’t. What it does have is the most expensive, and there should be no reason for companies to have to send employees on ’round-the-world trips unless they do something extraordinary to boost the bottom line.
Which, come to think of it, is precisely what this Bangalore-bound paper company worker was being asked to do.