India Aims For The World’s Biggest Health Care Overhaul
By Lauren Frayer
In the marble halls of Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, patients are greeted by chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling French windows.
There are autism and Alzheimer’s clinics, genetic testing, clinical trials of new drugs and private rooms. Spinal injuries are treated in a special robotics rehabilitation unit, where patients are hooked up to robots to exercise their limbs.
And visitors can grab a Starbucks latte in the lobby.
At Sion hospital, 9 miles away, Shaheen Khan, 39, was brought in for gallstones in June. After waiting for eight days in a facility so crowded that patients share mattresses on the floor, she was told to go home and they’d call her when a bed opened up. She’s now been waiting six weeks to hear back.
That’s the tale of two kinds of health care in India – for the wealthy and for the rest of the country. But the prime minister hopes to change all that.
Photo courtesy of Amre.
Source: NPR (link opens in a new window)
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