Healthcare in New Delhi



New Delhi has been abuzz with economic activity in the past few years. With the arrival of multi-national corporations and numerous other big investments came a solid number of expatriates from all over the globe.

And with the city's economic success came the demand for quality healthcare, both for the locals, and the increasing expatriate population.  

Basics on Indian Healthcare  

Healthcare in India counts centuries after centuries of experience. 3500 years in the past, the traditional Ayurvedic art of healing (which is actually still being practiced in some parts of the country) had been the people's primary source of ‘healing'.  

But India has so far welcomed science and technology, and Western medicine is now widely accessible, especially in cities like New Delhi. Based on data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of civilian hospitals for all states and union territories combined was 10,157.  

A continuous growth is seen in the number of healthcare facilities and personnel. There's now a ratio of four medical practitioners and ten hospital beds for every 10,000 persons.  

Health spending in the country has amounted to about 6% of its GDP with the largest input coming from private households at 75%. The state government contributes about 15.2% and the central government around 5.2%.   

Health insurance in the country is governed by The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA). The share of public insurance companies in premium payments is still relatively high at 76%. However, private insurance companies' investments are being highly encouraged and supported as it ensures the people further accessibility to affordable yet quality healthcare.   

Expatriates are advised to secure international health insurance before their move to India to ensure coverage that agrees to one's needs.   


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Expat Healthcare in New Delhi 

Much of the city's improvement in the quality of healthcare delivery is due to the thriving medical tourism industry in Delhi. A large number of well-trained medical professionals, doctors, and nurses have flocked to the nation's capital to become part of the booming industry.  

Because of this, high quality healthcare and modern medical facilities have become available not only to Delhi locals but also to the throng of expatriates working and residing in the city.  

Apollo is one of Delhi's biggest healthcare players in the city, with 30 hospitals across India. It is also one of the most expatriate-friendly medical establishments. In fact, one of its hospitals, Hyderabad Hospital even prepares special food for foreign nationals and also has readily available translators should the need for them arise.  

These top of the line hospitals are definitely pricier than state-run establishments, but is still just one-tenth of what that kind of service would cost in an average hospital in the West.    

Other private hospitals such as Fortis and Max Healthcare are also in the process of building facilities in Noida and Gurgaon, two of Delhi's densely populated business districts.  

New Delhi is on its way to becoming one of India's finest healthcare destinations, both for its local people and the expatriates who reside in the nation's capital.