July 08, 2003
Twins die after separation surgery

(CNN) -- Two conjoined adult Iranian twins have died following unprecedented surgery to separate them, officials at Singapore's Raffles Hospital say.

See entire article here.

The hospital paid for pre-operative fees and the medical costs involved in operation. The operating surgeons waived their professional fees. The government of Iran said Monday it would pay $300,000 for post-operative care.

Tragic, but it always amazes me that these medical oddities get free medical/surgical care, yet everyone else needs to fight with their HMO or pay out of pocket.

Posted by Ellen at July 08, 2003 08:57 AM

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Of course they get free medical assistance. IT's the same as when a lawyer takes on a case at no charge. If/when the surgery is complete, think of the media acknowledgement that will be poured upon these doctors and their hospital. With a sucessful outcome, they get listed as being some of the greatest surgeons around and people will feel comfortable going to them and will pay the price necessary for that piece of mind. If the patients die, it is quite unfortunate, but then the staff and hospital are seen as being generous and giving in the time of need. It's a win-win situation.

Posted by: Sesh on July 8, 2003 10:18 AM
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