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Indore: Super specialty care at affordable cost

Monday, 23 December 2013 - 12:25pm IST | Place: Indore | Agency: DNA
As Indore steps into a bold new year, dna looks at issues and life in this vibrant city with a perspective of hope and positive participation.

A city’s social health depends on the well-being of its people. Indore has been centre of health care in central India for decades and the New Year holds promise of adding many diagnostic tools and departments, both in private and government sectors.

Trying to break the myth that their treatment is expensive, many private hospitals in city are planning to bring in world class technology and skills at affordable rates.

General Manager of Bombay Hospital, Rahul Parashar said, “We want to focus more on super-specialties; cost effective treatment of chronic diseases and transplants. The aim will be to contain people from going out to other big cities for treatment.”

There have been several instances, where patients had to wait in long queue for getting transplants done and many choose to undergo such major operations in other metro
cities like Mumbai.

 “We want to introduce more advanced technology in our hospital so that diagnosis can be done in much earlier stages,” says Anil Kumar Lakhwani, the Assistant Manager of Choithram Hospital.
This will improve the chances of recovery and bring down the cost of treatment, he said.

Doctors and hospital administrators in the city feel that awareness about healthy living among Indoreans is low and needs to be improved. Many hospitals plan to focus on spreading health awareness.

Lakhwani said, “Before getting into their new vehicles, people get them insured but health insurance penetration among people is very low.”

Private hospitals are aiming for more corporate tie-ups, which results in improved healthcare facilities and services. This will also help other patients.

On the other hand, the largest government hospital of Central India, Maharaja Yashwant Rao Hospital (MYH) is planning to set up 24x7 Trauma Centre. This is a very important development in a city with a craze for vehicles and rampant drink driving. On a sombre note, Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Dubey has promised to set up web database of organ donors and making logistics perfect to the extent that no one in the city dies waiting for organ transplant.

The administration is also concerned and very ambitious about spreading organ donation awareness among people. It will take shape in the coming years.

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