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USD2.5 million vs. USD42,325: Huge gap in J&J hip-implant compensations in the US and India proves the need for urgent reforms

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USD2.5 million vs. USD42,325: Huge gap in J&J hip-implant compensations in the US and India proves the need for urgent reforms

The case is only one example of how the lack of clear penal provisions for medical negligence hurts Indian patients.
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Say you are responsible for killing or maiming someone. Doesn't matter whether your victim is an Indian or an American, the law is supposed to serve you equal comeuppance. Unless you are a powerful multinational operating in India, and your deadly negligence finds a shield in broken, hapless regulation. The story of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) hip-implant fiasco
and Union Carbide. “[The company] is not fair in failing to treat patients … in certain countries in a way that is not equal to how they are treated in American courts,” he says. “The value of life is the same. [It’s] very troubling when you look at this situation in India.” ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
Say you are responsible for killing or maiming someone. Doesn't matter whether your victim is an Indian or an American, the law is supposed to serve you equal comeuppance. Unless you are a powerful multinational operating in India, and your deadly negligence finds a shield in broken, hapless regulation. The story of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) hip-implant fiasco and Union Carbide. “[The company] is not fair in failing to treat patients … in certain countries in a way that is not equal to how they are treated in American courts,” he says. “The value of life is the same. [It’s] very troubling when you look at this situation in India.” ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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