Originally Posted by ScOoTeR
I am not surprised.
When I broke my ribs this year I was talking to an x-ray tech that told me something interesting:
Some hospitals are trying to cut staff whenever they can, so one thing they do in the radiology department is to cut the number of staffed radiologists and send X-ray pictures electronically to India.
Since the times of day are offset, today's films can be sent off to India at the "end of the day". They pay Indian doctors (pennies on the dollar, I'm sure) to review the x-rays and write a report. When the U.S. radiologist comes in the next morning, they skim over the reports for errors, then quickly rewrite them in an official hospital report.
Some flexible spending account companies are doing the same thing with FSA receipts and charges. They'll send them to India for a doctor to review and scrutinize to try to keep from paying out the reimbursement. Happens to a coworker a couple times a year for routing medical expenses (that are covered) for his kids.
This, and our new healthcare bill go hand in hand.
This has been going on for a few years, at least. Except for reduced cost, the other benefits are: faster reports, and often better trained doctors read your x-rays.