In most metro cities in India, medical technologies are at par with any other institutions in the world, writes Dr KK Aggarwal.india Updated: Dec 20, 2005 17:35 IST
In most metro cities in India, medical technologies are at par with any other institutions in the world. AIIMS in Delhi has already acquired a PET scan, which is the most advanced imaging technology available in the world. In the field of cardiology, 64 CT scans are now available in most metros. Live 3D and 4D Echocardiography technology also are now available at many centers in the country.
A technology released in the US or Europe is now being provided at the major centers in the country, in less than six months.
People in India; no more have to go to US or Europe for the purpose of diagnosis. If there is a need for a second or third opinion digital image films now available which can be e-mailed for the same. Most institutions also have now tie ups with international medical institutions.
3D Color Doppler Echocardiography test using the same machine may cost in the US, 300-400 dollars. Whereas, the same facility in a set up like Moolchand Medcity in New Delhi may cost only up to 50-60 dollars, with an added advantage. While in US, most echo exams are done by technicians physicians only interpret them. But in India the tests are not only interpreted but also done by the Cardiologists.
Indian government has already come out with an accreditation by which, the level of facilities and expertise available in an institution are graded and certified. The same are acknowledged by international institutions as well as international health insurance companies.
India with largest number of patients in the world, provides an opportunity for the doctors to get an expertise very fast e.g., a doctor may get hands on expertise on 3D echocardiography machine on up to 4000-5000 cases a year. In spite of large set ups in the US or Europe, no average hospital would be doing such volumes.
India today is the cheapest country in the world, for the purpose of difficult medical diagnosis. It is not only cheapest and cost effective but also latest and up-to-date with high standard of medical interpretation and skills.
Also, there are institutions, offering special care and services to the international patients. Many hospitals have special suites for their stay. It may be cheaper for an international traveler to stay in a hospital room than a 5-star hotel.
There is good news for non-resident Indians too. If their family members fall sick, they need not call them to their native place for treatment. They can get the same treatment in accredited quality ensured hospitals in India, that too at a rate, which may be up to one-fifth than in UK or US.
The added advantage of treatment in India being the support of the family, relations and medical attendants. A qualified, trained, skilled, medical attendant in India can be hired for $10 for 12 hours coverage and $20 for 24 hours coverage.
(The writer is a senior Physician, Head Department of Cardiology and Deputy Dean Board of Medical Education-Moolchand Hospital, President-Heart Care Foundation of India, President Delhi Medical Association and Member-Delhi Medical Council.)