City Hospitals respond to people’s changing needs
Responding to the growing need and demand for preventive healthcare, private hospitals in the city have started health check-up programmes with a variety of investigations.india Updated: Nov 15, 2011 00:55 IST
Responding to the growing need and demand for preventive healthcare, private hospitals in the city have started health check-up programmes with a variety of investigations.
Hinduja Hospital started offering health check-ups in 1989, catering to about three to four patients every day. Now, the hospital caters to about 40 patients daily in its specialised health checks wing. “Besides awareness, it is also the convenience and ease that are attracting people to come for health check-ups,” said Dr Rita Dalal, consultant physician, Hinduja Hospital.
Dalal explained: “A person comes in the morning, undergoes all the tests depending on the package selected, gets a yoga session in the afternoon along with a lecture on the right diet. This is followed by a final consultation with the doctor regarding the report along with counselling on lifestyle management.”
City hospitals are increasingly offering health check-up packages designed to suit individual needs. “We get individuals from various age groups. Some come for routine checks, while some people come just to evaluate their risks or control their ailments,” said Dr Sujit Chatterjee, chief executive officer at LH Hiranandani Hospital.
The concept of corporate or executive health check-ups is also gaining momentum, with many companies tying up with hospitals and sponsoring their employees’ health check-ups.
While Hinduja Hospital has 115 such tie-ups, Hiranandani boasts of 125 corporate collaborations. “Employers see it as an obligation for employees’ wellness so that their expenses on their health in the long term are less,” said Dr Rajpal.
Forbs and Company Limited, an Indian company dealing in shipping logistics and office automation, has collaborated with hospitals such as Hinduja and Breach Candy for executive health check-ups for its employees.
“Investing in such a health check-up for our employees is a long-term investment for the organisation. Fit employees will obviously be more productive. They will also be more vigilant about their own health in the future,” said Atul Sadawarte, deputy general manager, human resource, Forbs and Company Limited.