Medicare Benefits From Huge NRGs Influx During Holiday Season

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Medicare Benefits From Huge NRGs Influx During Holiday Season

| Updated: January 20, 2023 13:57

It is well known and widely accepted that medicare, dental and ophthalmology procedures in India are relatively cheaper while being no less competent than in developed nations around the world. Little wonder then that NRIs who visit their motherland on an annual break during winters often choose to “deal with issues” in India where surgery and post-operative care are both relatively affordable for those earning in USD or GBP. 

This winter saw a huge influx of Non-Resident Gujaratis (NRGs) visit Gujarat after the two-year pandemic lull. The Swami Pramukh centenary celebrations hugely added to the usual numbers. So did the thousands of weddings which were put on hold till relatives from across the globe could attend. 

In the midst of this all, the city’s hospitals and private clinics have reported a surge of NRGs admitted for minor and major procedure.

According to Neeraj Lal, COO, Apollo Hospitals: “The average monthly medical procedures hover around the 12 to 15 mark. However, we gear for double the numbers during the December-January time frame. This year, we saw 40 major surgeries in December alone, which translates to a 33% hike compared with pre-covid levels.” He added that a record breaking 500 cases availed of medical services during December and the first week of January. 

Among top procedures opted for by NRGs are preventive cardiac surgeries, joint replacement surgeries, lab tests, annual check-ups, dental procedures, laser eye correction and cosmetic procedures. 

Likewise, stated Dr Nishita Shukla, Group COO, Shalby Hospitals. “The average monthly procedures involving NRGs increased from 30 in December 2019 to 45 in December 2022. Major procedures opted for include joint and hip replacement surgeries, spine surgery, oncological treatment, neurological and urological procedures,” she shared. 

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