India's 'no frills' hospitals
by Manjunath Kiran / AFP
What if hospitals were run like a mix of Wal-Mart and a low-cost airline? The result might be something like the chain of "no-frills" Narayana Hrudayalaya clinics in southern India. Using pre-fabricated buildings, stripping out air-conditioning and even training visitors to help with post-operative care, the group believes it can cut the cost of heart surgery to an astonishing US$800 (S$990). Could something like this work in Singapore?
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Carers of patients buy medicine at the pharmacy. 7 February, 2013 (Photo: Manjunath Kiran / AFP). Read report.