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U.S. Lawyers Seek Low-Cost Advice From Indian Doctors Via Web Site

An American lawyer is touching base with Indian medical experts to assist with U.S. legal cases through her Web site MDinaBox Dorothy Clay Sims handles cases against medical insurers that refuse to pay for treatments that her clients say they deserve. [via Voice of America]But expert medical advice for a case could cost her client more than $1,000 an hour. That cost has now been reduced to $90 an hour as Sims hires medical experts in India and has made the the service available to other American lawyers through an Internet-based business called MD in a Box. But the lawyer has encountered problems ranging from cultural misunderstandings to money that disappeared while being processed by an Indian accountant.
This is yet another area of outsourcing that could see strong growth and it waits to be seen if hospital groups like Apollo try to be a part of this business. But it makes me wonder if medical service in India will take a hit as Indian doctors become a part of the outsourcing revolution.

3 Responses to “U.S. Lawyers Seek Low-Cost Advice From Indian Doctors Via Web Site”

  1. Dorothy,
    Appreciate your response. Sorry to be so late to respond back. I personally feel that Doctors (read SPECIALISTS) do not have time per se, but making them available is most certainly a service. Also, as long as the advises are taken from the online medium I guess the monetary benefits should be ok. My initial response was of shock but the more in depth I went and studied your website, Kudos to your idea!


  2. I appreciate your thoughts.
    Keep in mind, however, that the doctors with mdinabox do not testify. They are as support advisors only.
    It's for those cases that are complicated and for lawyers who need doctors who can respond quickly and cheaply giving analysis and peer review articles. Most US doctors don't have the time or interest to do this and respond w/in a few days to the request.
    Dorothy Sims

  3. That is good news and bad together… American Docs are expensive as hell. A ludicrous $1000 an hour… and then the crushing blow.. Indian experts in medical services available for $90.00 an hour… how low is that? I dont know but sounds quite ludicrous and a wee bit racial also. $500 would have still been acceptable.. Shocked!

    Physical presence still means the world. MD in a Box sounds very revolutioanary and progressive too but the money offered is low. Yes, it would make more sense to make Hospitals ad Medical Institutions members as they would have experts on their panels and the Institution would fix a pay for these experts..
    M Bhave