In India, 'no frills' hospitals offer $800 heart surgery
Bangalore: What if hospitals were run like a mix of Wal-Mart and a low-cost airline? The result might be something like the chain of "no-frills" Narayana Hrudayalaya clinics in southern India. Using pre-fabricated buildings, stripping out air-conditioning and even training visitors to help with post-operative care, the group believes it can cut the cost of heart surgery to an astonishing 800 dollars.
"Today healthcare has got phenomenal services to offer. Almost every disease can be cured and if you can't cure patients, you can give them meaningful life," says company founder Devi Shetty, one of the world's most famous heart surgeons. "But what percentage of the people of this planet can afford it? A hundred years after the first heart surgery, less than 10 percent of the world's population can," he told AFP from his office in hi-tech hub Bangalore.
Already famous for his "heart factory" in Bangalore, which does the highest number of cardiac operations in the world, the latest Narayana Hrudayalaya ("Temple of the Heart") projects are ultra low-cost facilities. The first is a single-storey hospital in Mysore, two hours drive from Bangalore, which was built for about 400 million rupees (7.4 million dollars) in only 10 months and recently opened its doors.
Set amid palm trees and with five operating theatres for cardiac, brain and kidney procedures, Shetty boasts how it was built at a fraction of the cost of equivalents in the rich world. "Near Stanford (in the US), they are building a 200-300 bed hospital. They are likely to spend over 600 million dollars," he said.
In a major embarrassment to the Congress led UPA Government, seven of its own MPs from Seemnadhra moved a notice of no confidence motion against the Manmohan Singh Government over creating Telangana. Reacting over this, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the UPA has virtually come to a stand-still and that the Government m... More In a major embarrassment to the Congress led UPA Government, seven of its own MPs from Seemnadhra moved a notice of no confidence motion against the Manmohan Singh Government over creating Telangana. Reacting over this, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the UPA has virtually come to a stand-still and that the Government must quit.
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