Jalandhar touted as Asia’s ‘biggest’ medicare hub with over 800 hospital, nursing homes

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By The Tribune | PUNJAB, INDIA

Jalandhar has emerged as the Asia’s ‘biggest’ medicare hub with over 800 super-specialty, multi-specialty centres, nursing homes and clinics — largest on per capita basis as compared to any other city of Asia, reports The Tribune.

The report quoted bone specialist Dr Jashneev Kapoor as saying that if all nursing homes operating in the city and its outskirts are included, it will cross the 800-mark.

Some 40-45% patients who come here for treatment comprise NRIs from the USA, Canada, the UK, Italy, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Of late, patients from Pakistan and Afghanistan have also started coming to the city for treatment.

Virk IVF Centre scientific director Dr SPS Virk said that NRIs have an advantage of talking to their doctor in their native language and support of their Punjab-based relatives.

“Besides this, as compared to the West, there is no waiting list for patients in any big or medium-scale hospital. So, when it comes to medical tourism in India or Asia, Jalandhar turns out to be their number one choice,” he said.

Besides catering to people of Punjab, people suffering from serious ailments and hailing from J&K and western parts of Himachal also come here for treatment.

According to the report, cost factor is one of the major reasons for the NRIs to come here for treatment. If some medical procedure costs around Rs 10 lakh in Indian currency in the West, it would not cost them more than Rs 2 lakh here.

Bone specialist Dr Jashneev Kapoor said if all nursing homes operating in the city and its outskirts are included, it will cross the 800-mark.

Red full report, ‘Over 800 hospitals, Jalandhar Asia’s ‘biggest’ medicare hub’ (The Tribune, 17 April 2019), here.

 

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