Bangladesh, Oct. 21 -- Around US$4.0 billion flies out of the country as medical expenses annually' screamed the headline of a report published in one of the Bengali contemporaries late last week. Half of the amount goes to neighbouring India.

Converted into Bangladesh currency, the amount will surely cause most citizens enough concern notwithstanding the fact that many of them seek treatment abroad on occasions.

People are aware that quite a good number of patients seeking 'better' treatment go mainly to India, Thailand and Singapore. Some rich people even go to the USA, the UK and some other developed countries. The middleclass and lower middleclass patients prefer India while considering costs.

It is hard to know the actual number of ...