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It was his life’s race against time. Lahori resident Aslam needed an urgent liver transplant for his 18-year-old daughter Saima. He knew he had no choice but to look outside his resources, and get her the best possible specialised treatment.

But unlike other Pakistanis and Indians, Aslam could not pack his family's bags and leave for Europe or the US. He could have followed that advice if the cost of treatment in another country had not been prohibitive.

Yet, it wasn’t too long before he found himself applying for a visa for his daughter’s treatment. Soon, he and his family landed in another country one closest to home but where they least imagined going to for help: India.


Without a language barrier, and keeping the political rhetoric aside, a Pakistani can literally get a new lease on life across the border.


The turning point in Saima's life came when Aslam found a medical travel facilitator online.

On the one hand, the world of Google facilitates panic when it diagnoses a terminal illness instead of a cold; on the other hand, the same world allows us to connect with strangers who can prove to be game changers.

Also read: Chitral quake survivors recover from trauma through online clinics

The next few days went by in a whirlwind. The Indian company built Aslam’s confidence by getting him in touch with multiple doctors for a second opinion, and even went on to facilitate the family’s visa.

Aslam's story isn’t the only one where a patient crosses the India-Pakistan border for treatment.

Last year, five-year-old Basma from Pakistan had also been granted a visa to India for an emergency transplant surgery. There are now many tales like hers, sometimes with footnotes on how they were financially helped by Indians.

Cross-border healthcare marred by visa woes

Big Indian hospitals like the gigantic Apollo in Delhi (where it is easier to get lost than to get treatment) report around 500 patients from Pakistan every month. Many of the unwell need a liver transplant, which costs between 20 to 32 lakh rupees.

There are also several who fly to the Southern city of Chennai, which is considered the centre for any heart-related treatment.

But of course, God proposes, man disposes. Nothing binds Indians and Pakistanis like our shared visa woes.

Hopefully, getting an Indian visa to travel for health reasons will soon become easier. As the Indian government eases up norms to promote medical tourism, patients from almost 150 countries will be able to send their applications for e-visas. However, the process will not be flawless, since it takes years for a system to change, and even longer for mistrust to dissipate.

Take a look: To India, for a liver

Already, with hope in their hearts and finances on a budget, countless families are willing to go to India, where doctors and families are welcoming them with open arms. Without any language barrier, and keeping the political rhetoric aside, a Pakistani can literally get a new lease on life across the border.

Why choose India for healthcare

No one in the country has a correct figure on the number of people who visit for medical tourism every year. A million may be an exaggeration but not by far.

India is slowly challenging Asia’s traditional medical strongholds like Thailand and Singapore. Before medical tourism, the country was struggling with something entirely different.

Encouraged by movies like Slumdog Millionaire, gawking foreigners spent their precious itinerary on staring at impoverished families, their faces lit with amazement at the sight of slums. Poverty tourism is nothing new but for a developing country like India, trying to make itself a relevant investment hub, this always struck a sour note.

The reverse health drain evident in the country stems from several developments, competitive treatment costs, quick medical assistance, unlike in the west, and a burgeoning infrastructure that has many business houses investing in health care.

Recently, I was at a much smaller clinic in Delhi, and my sister pointed out: even that felt like being in a lavish hotel. With the healthcare sector pushing back, the joke is now on the first world.

Its residents are among the hordes heading to India, some for even basic affordable dental care. Many prefer to travel on a tourist visa, and some seek wellness rather than treatment.

Health farms are the other big business. If one is feeling tired, there is the option of yoga in the Himalayas, and if one prefers socialising, every second metro city offers detox centres which in earlier times were solely associated with those who couldn’t hold their drinks but have now expanded to anything from meditation to literally paying for some fresh air.

In other words, at these places you could be spending through your pocket but without finding the real meaning of your life!

But global healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry is as much a big business as it is political. Getting sucked in is easy till you realise not everyone cares about your health.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy was as controversial as it was shocking; yet, because of the publicity it generated, many paranoid women spent their dollars getting the same treatment — even though many did not need it.

In the end, the business always wins.

A word of caution: when the going gets good, there will always be some quacks waiting to take advantage of the unsuspecting. So even if your neighbour made a successful medical trip to India, the research is yours because the onus is also on you.

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Getting a personal connect — that intangible bind between an Indian and a Pakistani — is the bonus. And there are many such stories in our hospitals.

Amidst the Russians and the Afghanis that are also a common sight, was the tragic tale of Abiha, a 13-year-old patient from Pakistan, who passed away in India.

Despite their loss, such was her family’s gratitude for the doctors and the family they lived with that an emotional father insisted his daughter was meant to take her last breath in India.

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Jyotsna Mohan Bhargava is a former journalist who now divides her time between blogging and being a full-time mother. From ballet to Bollywood, inspiration strikes from the strangest.

She lives just across the border, loves the food beyond the border and tweets @jyotsnamohan


The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.


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Ayush Aug 17, 2016 01:12pm

many Russian , American and British are also coming to India for medical treatment . remember 20% of doctors in uk are Indian

imtiaz ali khan Aug 17, 2016 01:13pm

There are good and bad everywhere. Thank you India we love you mother India.

Hitesh Aug 17, 2016 01:18pm

Indian government must make the visa processing easier for those with medical needs.

Akbar Aug 17, 2016 01:19pm

Saner and smarter parts of indian society who think greatly for Pakistan and Pakistanis!

Mandy Aug 17, 2016 01:21pm

India Is Becoming A Hub For 'Medical Tourists'

abhay Aug 17, 2016 01:21pm

Thanks dawn for publishing such a beutifull article..

prafulla Aug 17, 2016 01:26pm

It is better to strengthen our bonds so that we can help each other very well, all my Pakistani friends, please take help of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry which is one of biggest in the world. Ranitidine 150 which costs Rs.17.50 for 10 tablets in Pakistan costs Rs.1.50 for 10 tablets in India. I donot have to explain anything now.

Manu Aug 17, 2016 01:34pm

Its humanity to help a human, when he is in pain and grief. And we indians are doing the same. Hoping many people will benefit from inexpensive and quality healthcare in India.

SOURAV CHAKRABARTY Aug 17, 2016 01:36pm

We should be guided by "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam"- The world is one family. Universe is the creation of GOD-The invisible but eternal. We are HIS children bonded by humanity. Everything else- race, religions, castes, boundaries are manmade. Our differences, fights and mutual antagonism is usually based upon these manmade creations. We are better than this. Lets help each other, lend a helping hand to the unprivileged. If at all we want to fight, lets fight against poverty, malnutrition, ignorance. Once human race understands this, there will be no fight, no war.

Himanshu Aug 17, 2016 01:36pm

For the sake of viewers and benefit of humanity. A world class treatment related to cardiac care can be availed @ Narayana Hrudayalaya chain of hospitals in India . Whereas some corporate groups charge heavily patients can find that charges are very reasonable. Hospitals have locations at Jaipur , Bangalore , Ahmedabad, Bengaluru.. Not sure but i think by surface travel to Jaipur will be more affordable though Munabab, via Karachi or through Vagha boarder via Delhi. Narayana hrudayalaya is run by globally renowned cardiologist Dr. Shetty and institute is considered as one of the best in Paediatric cardiac surgery in Asia.

HBK Aug 17, 2016 01:37pm

First article on ind-pak, where i didn't find "Nuclear" world :)

Madras Aug 17, 2016 01:38pm

India is a hub for medical tourism. My home town Chennai / malar hospital famous for heart transplant.

apple sherry Aug 17, 2016 01:38pm

Looking at this, I wonder whether this world should have any boundaries at all. When can we be in a position to hug our brothers and sisters across the borders with open arms? God, please help us to live in peace and harmony.. Thank you Dawn...

kaushal Aug 17, 2016 01:39pm

India is a miracle nation for treatment of not only body but also for souls...it is a land of wisdom, spirituality, karm+yoga (work with high sense of consciousness) and sacrifice. The whole world is welcomed here and resides with great harmony :-)

kaushal Aug 17, 2016 01:42pm

@Ayush 20% is little exact figure is much higher in addition to nurses and other paramedical staff.

SR Aug 17, 2016 01:54pm

Where are those who preach hate. Here there is a silent revolution happening in this region that needs to be encouraged. Sad to see too less comments here

an indian Aug 17, 2016 01:55pm

needful should be welcomed well in time..so that needy get help in time...humanity should be without borders................!!

AKKS Aug 17, 2016 01:56pm

Indian govt. should make visa processing easier for people who need life saving treatment in India, whichever country they come from.

Tridev Aug 17, 2016 02:02pm

Keep politics aside. Helping anybody in need is good.

Akbar Aug 17, 2016 02:03pm

@prafulla

Of course it's cheaper: 1.3 billion vs 200 million(maybe) Standard of living!

the fake ZAK Aug 17, 2016 02:04pm

some thing to ponder - When will Indians travel to Pakistan for medical needs ?

Sanjay Aug 17, 2016 02:17pm

Let us put all these wars and misunderstandings aside, we are Brothers!! Most of us also have a common Ancestry or Gene pool, after all we were one country earlier.

None of the other countries will support us, we have to do it for ourselves, all the other countries are just pulling our legs and watching fun doing it.

Why are we fighting for a place which is not visited by 99% of the population, off course some resolution will be made by the great minds, but all the others, why do we have so much hate?

Let us unite and achieve more than to quarrel and blame each other!!

Vivek (Indore) Aug 17, 2016 02:22pm

@Ayush and 36% in America are Indians too.

Sri Rama Aug 17, 2016 02:34pm

Doctors without borders Mr. Sartaj Aziz??

Rahul Aug 17, 2016 02:38pm

One very surprising fact I 'm noticing is, that almost 90-95% of Medical tourists from Pak (to India) are either suffering from Liver related diseases OR hole in their heart. This should be a matter of concern for all. Even, younger ones are suffering from these dreadful issues. There are hardly any other patients for other diseases,.

wellwisher Aug 17, 2016 02:41pm

In Bajpayee,s time medical tourism for Pakistanis was relaxed.Mush offered same facility to Indians, but the offer was so badly worded that the mutual help ended

Ananth Aug 17, 2016 02:49pm

Dear Saima,

Have a healthy life... We took birth here to live not to die and kill others...anyone irrespective of caste/Religion/Language/Status etc etc should not harm/kill others...

true minds Aug 17, 2016 02:49pm

Welcome Pak Brothers for best treatment at lowest cost.

desi Aug 17, 2016 02:54pm

What an excellent article. We welcome pakistani people because we were one once.......

the last line actually nailed it. despite its shortcomings, we do value human relations kyunki phir bhi dil hai hindustani!

ashutosh mishra Aug 17, 2016 02:59pm

@imtiaz ali khan and I love you my friend for being so generous towards my country. God bless you.

Javid Aug 17, 2016 03:03pm

Thanx, folks on both sides are lovable : can't say so of the govts

thegeneral Aug 17, 2016 03:12pm

it is a subcontinent, subcontinent of India and its really sad to see its division by its own people based on some prehistoric man made beliefs. Just google GDP history by century and see which part of the world ranked highest till the colonizers arrived! fight it back bros

Maxx Aug 17, 2016 03:15pm

So far about 500 Pakistanis has received liver transplant in India, that includes last many years. It is highly unlikely that 500 patients visits Apollo hospital, Delhi every month from Pakistan, might be true for year, or patients treated so far.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1170765

anil tiwari Aug 17, 2016 03:15pm

Apollo Delhi is not a big hospital. There are bigger & better hospitals in Mumbai and South India. Apollo, Mehdanta, Batra etc in Delhi do not have a good reputation and are best avoided unless you have lots of money to throw away.

PakBH Aug 17, 2016 03:19pm

Thanks dawn for publishing such a beautiful article.

Feroz Aug 17, 2016 03:24pm

We are talking of Allopathy in this article on medicine. In South India you have a number of rejuvenation centers where you stay for a month and rejuvenate your system from regular lifestyle ailments, without having to go in for invasive surgery. Basically a combination of massages with oil made from medicinal plants, strict diet control and some discipline.

Whatever the kind of surgery needed can be performed in India at a fraction of the price one would pay in the West. I see a lot of poor Arabs in Indian hospitals, may be those unable to afford treatment elsewhere. Medical tourism definitely has great potential and can earn India a few billion dollars every year.

N.Sid Aug 17, 2016 03:28pm

Wondering how many Indians can pay about 20-32 lacs to have a liver transplant in Apollo, or any other fancy private hospitals, most of them have to rely of poorly run government hospitals.

This is an elitist, exclusive medical practice which is being run as a business. There are scores of articles about how they fleece patients. There was an article where they declined a patient who cannot arrange the total money they take as fee. 22-30 lacs is quite a big amount for average Pakistani and Indians.

HajiKaji Aug 17, 2016 03:35pm

Our mutual differences at geopolitical level are holding trade relations between both countries at ransom. Consequently, more people in both countries have to live in poverty. Commodity prices like dal shooting through the roof in India, could be cheaply imported from Pakistan. India has surplus sugar production, along with tea/coffee. My friend's company exports high end machines to Pakistan, but via Dubai. This is such a wasteful expense. This has to stop somewhere. First hand experiences of medical treatment availed in India will enable people of both countries to understand the benefit of a symbiotic relationship. It's a shame if a person dies in Pakistan for want of a treatment that is available in India at an affordable cost. Visa rules should be streamlined. Eventually we could share open border like Europe. After all, European countries went through a cycle of distrust, animosity, war and destruction before they realized that peaceful coexistence is the best way to live.

ROHIT PANDEY Aug 17, 2016 03:40pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0tTp3iyHm4

Indian healthcare industry is set to TRIPLE in size by 2022.:)

I am GLAD the Pakistanis are able to avail of the facilities and the cost benefit of coming to India for treatment.

AZAAD Aug 17, 2016 03:47pm

Humanity always wins, no matter how hard hate mongers work.....

Why cant a million Pakistanis and a million Indians, walk to the border and embrace each other? That will send a signal to the rulers and usher in a new era of peace and friendship.

Hassan zaeem aftab Aug 17, 2016 03:48pm

I was born in India -940 I still have my relations in India. I can travel UK/ USA for my cardiac problems but I am unable to travel my birth place to see the house where I was born nr for my treatment Thank you Google Bhai, I will visit you when I make a programme.

Nitin Saini Aug 17, 2016 03:53pm

We care for everyone.. all pakistanis are welcome to come and take medical help.. all basis of conflict with pakistan is pakistan thinking that muslims will or are not treated well in india. So please visit india

There are always good and bad people in society, please don't give preference to bad people, violence is not a remedy, love and respect is.

AHA Aug 17, 2016 03:54pm

@N.SID things have changed drastically now. In Karnataka government hospitals are no less than private in all aspects. They have quality accreditation too. Even small hospitals like 100 bedded are equipped with MRI, CT, dialysis etc. Service is free or nominal cost. Also there are many insurance schemes where premium is paid by Government on behalf of public and they can get treated in pvt hospital as well.

point of view Aug 17, 2016 03:59pm

Happy to see a positive article. Thank you Dawn.

R.Kannan Aug 17, 2016 04:08pm

Medical tourism has existed in India well before Slumdog Millionaire was written. The reason that the movie won awards was because it portrayed India as a big slum which is exactly the way that Hollywood wants to see India. Medical tourism started with Chennai's Appollo Hospital in the 1980s with many Arabs utilising the facilities. Many Indian hospitals are world class and people of many nationalities - including from Europe, Australia and North America - prefer Indian hospitals to hospitals in the western world. One can only hope that the bereaucracy in Delhi does not kill this industry.

N.Sid Aug 17, 2016 04:13pm

SIUT, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation is doing Liver transplantation for the last couple of year, run by the legend Adeeb Rizvi. It is almost free and run very professionally by the mentor, run through charity donations, one of the best in the region.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1187436

the fake ZAK Aug 17, 2016 04:20pm

@N.Sid - one of the best in the region.

Yes One of the best in Sindh Region

Kalyan Ghosh Aug 17, 2016 04:27pm

This is a a very nice article in Dawn. I wish Indian newspapers report such good stories.

N.Sid Aug 17, 2016 04:28pm

...just to add on and might help a few people, liver transplantation is also done in Pakistan in PIMS, Islamabad, SHIFA international hospital Karachi, and also at AKUH, Karachi. And it will cost a fraction of the cost incurred in other countries. Many people are unaware of the fact about these facilities available in Pakistan. About 90% of Afghan travels to Pakistan for medical help, according to a report.

Some of the best philanthropic run hospitals in the region like INDUS hospital Karachi, SKMH Lahore, and many good government run hospitals like DOW UHS, NICVD, SHIFA in each large cities...

raj Aug 17, 2016 04:34pm

When its a matter of life and death nationalities dont matter. You can expect your worst enemy to be there for you.

hnr Aug 17, 2016 04:45pm

To the average Indian Pakista is a nation and is our neighbour and leave it at that.The politicians are not hapy about this.it is they who build the emotions and resentments.Medical visas should receive priority as it is a matter of life and death and the well being of an individual..Every patient who gets treated and goes back is a better ambassador for the country .Let us build people trust and forget the hype in the media.Well off individuals in both nations should set up a trust to fund such treatments.

Avtar Aug 17, 2016 04:52pm

Good news story! People can communicate at least with the doctors unlike in Thailand, Singapore or England. Although a lot of Muslim Arab and African states criticize Israel officially, they send their medical patients for surgeries to Israel. It is the human element that can change the relations poisoned by the politicians.

Surya Kant Agrawal Aug 17, 2016 04:53pm

Wish you good health and peace to brethren and sisters across the border. Medical facilities in India are truly world class

Ijaz Aug 17, 2016 04:55pm

Where are all the organs coming from that are being transplanted.

Shah Aug 17, 2016 04:56pm

Thank you India for giving free medical treatment to Pakistanis

Haramullah Aug 17, 2016 04:59pm

Recently my friend traveled to Singapore. There he had some dental problem. He went to the dental clinic. There he was told he needed to do a root canal. Charges Singapore dollar 2000/-. Few days back, he came back to Mumbai and did his root canal for Indian Rs. 3000/- He was being charged 90 times more there.

AKKS Aug 17, 2016 05:01pm

@N.Sid, SIUT, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation is doing Liver transplantation for the last couple of year, run by the legend Adeeb Rizvi. It is almost free and run very professionally by the mentor, run through charity donations, one of the best in the region.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1187436

I invite you to India to see some world class hospitals here and then you will change your comments, I bet! Apollo hospital, Delhi and few others are internationally accredited hospitals (Apollo is accredited by the Joint commission International) and they offer high quality medical care at much cheaper rates compared to the west. I'm a medical doctor myself working in the west, and this comment of mine is just for the benefit of many poor Pakistanis, who might benefit from life saving treatment in India.

Basit Ali Aug 17, 2016 05:02pm

@Ijaz There are strict organ transplant laws in India.

Gruham Aug 17, 2016 05:06pm

India has welcomed all people across the world...and will continue to do so

SR Aug 17, 2016 05:11pm

@N.Sid "Wondering how many Indians can pay about 20-32 lacs to have a liver transplant in Apollo, or any other fancy private hospitals, most of them have to rely of poorly run government hospitals."

You are right not many can afford but for Pakistanis it is subsidized mostly as indian hospitals and civil society do routine funds collection. We don't see media highlighting this to the extent it deserves. It has been happening silently and beneficiaries know about it

kris Aug 17, 2016 05:13pm

To some who questioned where are people getting livers for transplantations Awnser is simple

many indians die in road accidents and most of them being hindus dont see any problem in donating organs of their loved ones

atheist Aug 17, 2016 05:17pm

India is hospital of world. Now a days Indian hospital is treating so many patients from Europe and America due to world class treatment, quick response, and above all much cheaper than the Western world. For example bypass surgery of heart(CABG) cost around 50 lac to 1 crore INR or more in Western world after 3-4 month of waiting but in India same treatment require 3-10 lac INR and got arranged within 2-3 days in medanta, Apollo, Narayana, fortis like hospital.

Umesh Aug 17, 2016 05:22pm

Rightly pointed by author, be wary of quacks....own research is highly recommended. May I suggest all intending medical tourists & their kin to Google for "Hiranandani Kidney transplant racket", although this might not happen with visitors from other countries.

N.Sid Aug 17, 2016 05:23pm

@AKKS There are reports of rackets and cartel involved in organ donation, other malpractices and unethical practices in Apollo and many other private money making fancy hospitals. Read these reports, thee are many more i can share.

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/News-Analysis/2016-06-08/Can-legalisation-prevent-fleecing-of-organ-donors/233577

http://www.kractivist.org/india-life-comes-cheap-in-priciest-private-hospitals/

Myview Aug 17, 2016 05:25pm

@Akbar 99% of Indian Society is sane and smart.Thank you for looking at the bright side.

Himanshu Aug 17, 2016 05:29pm

@Ijaz Liver transplant does n't need full liver replacement . Only a part of liver is carved out of relative who matches most with patient. Liver is the only organ who has the capacity to grow itself after support medicine except some critical cases.

N.Sid Aug 17, 2016 05:31pm

@AKKS The Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and a doctor have been directed by a consumer forum to jointly pay a compensation of over Rs 10 lakh to the kin of a woman for wrong treatment of a tumour in her head, leading her to undergo another surgery.

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-apollo-hospital-to-pay-rs-10-lakh-for-wrong-treatment-2871808/

N.Sid Aug 17, 2016 05:36pm

@AKKS Also check the report below. Apollo hospital refused to release the dead body of patient for non payment and her sister pledges to mortgage herself, this is the irony here about money making private medical practices in India.

https://thelogicalindian.com/news/apollo-hospital-refused-to-release-the-dead-body-of-national-archer-sister-pledged-to-mortgage-herself/

AKKS Aug 17, 2016 05:41pm

@N.Sid , I'm fully aware of the rackets and fraudulent practices in organ transplant area. However that doesn't take away the importance of this article or the point I have highlighted. That is, world class life saving treatment is available in India for cheaper rates compared to the west. This is for the benefit of hundreds and thousands of poor people who cannot afford treatment irrespective of the country they originate from!

Jigar USA Aug 17, 2016 05:48pm

@N.Sid That's strange, people as far as afghan know about these services, yet at home, pakistanies are not aware who live within pakistan and have to travel to India.

Abhinav Aug 17, 2016 06:19pm

I being indian request indian govt to speed visa process,better to issue evisa to pakistani brothers and sisters for medical checkups and operation,hats off to dawn news for positive news during bad relation times,god bless both ind and pak

Ranasanga Aug 17, 2016 06:30pm

In January of 2015 I was visiting my uncle at Medanta in Delhi. I was astonished to see so many nationalities that were present at that hospital getting care. I saw Afghans, Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs, Nigerians, East Africans, Russians, British, and several East Europeans.

Whenever I would go down the cafe I would sit down with someone and we would have casual chats. The unanimous consensus was that too much religious influence sows seeds of discord all over the world. It is surprising how easily Palestinians and Israelis get along with each when they are in India but it is a whole different thing when they are back home.

It was a joy to know so many different cultures and see people of different cultures support each other in time of crisis.

N_Saq Aug 17, 2016 06:31pm

This article highlights the fact that there is more good in the world than bad.

Hardliners in both countries are doing all they can to keep both countries apart but the saner voices still find a way to connect.

There is far more to gain then lose if the two countries can find a common ground to get along because it is a reality that the two belong together as it was not long ago when it was a one country where they both live happily side by side.

As more and more people are visiting each other country, it is making people from both countries to realize that there is nothing different between the two. However, right now there are two forces working in India and Pak 1) Hardliners who are trying to pull both countries apart, and 2) the saner elements who are trying to pull both countries together. I hope the saner voices prevail.

citizen Aug 17, 2016 06:35pm

@N.Sid : Read somewhere that Narayana hrudalaya hospitals in India offer free open heart surgeries for poor people and for poor children too, it is absolutely free.. Looks like there are some hospitals in India looking at human angle too, not necessarily money only..

citizen Aug 17, 2016 06:43pm

@N.Sid : One or two incidents can happen anywhere in the west, say USA or UK. This incidents dosent prevent patients thronging Apollo hospitals in India.. May be such incidents never happens in our Pakisthan means we lucky and gifted. Only ignorant patients may be going to India..

Rehan Aug 17, 2016 06:48pm

Indian healthcare and medical treatment is all because of the famous Ayyangar Committee Report on Revision of Law on Patents in India which recommended process based patents which favoured developing countries, as compared to product patents which favour developed countries. This committee was chaired by the retired Justice of Lahore High Court- Pakistani contribution ;). It was formed with the objective of inquiring into the reasons for medicines and medical treatment in India then being one of the most expensive in the world. To those who wish to criticize India and other nations for weak patent regulations allowing easy copying, please note that western countries have low thresholds for copyright and semi conductor and other areas because Asian countries dominate the field there.

Being_admi Aug 17, 2016 07:03pm

I was seraching the names who makes patriotic comments on india pak disputes..I find very few of them commenting on good news like this.! They are not interested.!

rajendra Aug 17, 2016 08:36pm

NCR and Mumbai are going out of reach for poor ..patients from Pakistan can also look at smaller centres like Baroda,Ahemadabad and Indore

FutureWizard Aug 17, 2016 08:42pm

Abiha - I know her story saw the video to ..such a beautiful child, I'm sad we could not save her....Hopefully we can help others.

Amir Ahmad Aug 17, 2016 08:43pm

10~15 % salary goes to Health Insurance even when you are perfectly healthy.

AJS Aug 17, 2016 08:59pm

These patients must get visa free entry or quick visa.

AJS Aug 17, 2016 09:01pm

If we can dissolve our bitterness on so called issues, we can enjoy thousands of these togetherness....

Ajay ladkani Aug 17, 2016 09:15pm

I have seen many Pakistanis getting treatment for heart ailment in India. When humanity is under consideration every other things take back seat.

Ehsan Aug 17, 2016 09:28pm

I thought liver transplant was also being done in Pakistan

BARAMATI Aug 17, 2016 09:29pm

As far as poors in india are concerned, for each BPL family, Govt. of India subsidises Rs. 2 lakh annually for medical expenses. Just today, my aunt underwent an operation for cancer and it costs only Rs.30K to her, including 4 chemos in private hospital.

Shyam Kokku Aug 17, 2016 09:35pm

We need to put medical needs of poor and working class people above the animosity of politics. I think every Indian welcomes our brothers and sisters in Pakistan to come to India should anyone need life saving medical treatment!

Manu Aug 17, 2016 09:37pm

Maybe the doctors will pull off what the politicians cant

Swetha Aug 17, 2016 09:45pm

In my state Andhra Pradesh we have 'Arogyasree' for all poor and middle class.Poor need not pay anything for expensive treatments even in best private hospitals.My grand mother had open heart surgery for minimum cost in most reputed private hospital and rest of surgery money is subsidized by govt.

BARAMATI Aug 17, 2016 10:08pm

@SWETA Same case! A family having income of 1 lakh INR is getting upto 2 lakh medical subsidy annually then atleast all need to recognise what government is doing for the poors. More of such initiatives should be undertaken in all SAARC countries.

Swetha Aug 17, 2016 10:20pm

@Baramati I agree with you.There are lot of such initiatives taken by govt like Crop Insurance,Health insurance etc..Its good that govt want to do something good for people and it needs to be appreciated. Few policies of previous govt are currently followed irrespective of rivalry between the parties like Fee Reembursement in AP.For my life long I will be thankful to AP govt for funding my education in top university in hyderabad.

AKKS Aug 17, 2016 10:27pm

@AJS, These patients must get visa free entry or quick

I agree with you completely! It's a matter of saving lives! Hope Indian govt. will take necessary steps soon.

BARAMATI Aug 17, 2016 10:49pm

@Swetha Yeah, nice to hear that from you. In the days where criticising establishment for everything has become fashion, very few point out the positives. Though there is a long way to go to be at par with West's standards, I am optimistic!

Tejaswi Aug 17, 2016 11:23pm

I live is Gurgaon in NCR, My neighbor is getting filled with Arabs, Iranians, British etc. They all have come for some kind of treatment. Relatives who have patients for long care they even get an accommodation near by.

pathanoo Aug 17, 2016 11:25pm

India needs to make the Medical Visa as easy as possible irrespective of the country whose citizen asks for it. It is a moral obligation for India to help people in need of medical help.

Rao Aug 18, 2016 01:21am

What a tragedy and irony. Millions of poor Indians can not get simple medical help because of corruption , need to bribe and too expensive.

brr Aug 18, 2016 02:05am

Regardless of how good or bad medical services are in pakistan, or how many of them come to India, the fact remains that good medical services are available in India, at least to those who can afford it. And many states are making decent medical services available to all people. Nothing to brag about, but this is the foundation of the modern world - good healthcare.

TruthOnly Aug 18, 2016 02:18am

We thank all who help save lives irrespective of any religion or ethnicity. To note amazing and competitive facilities for liver transplantation are available in Pakistan too in institutions like SIUT and more recently DOW UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL in Karachi.

Adil Jadoon Aug 18, 2016 02:26am

Living donor transplants are dangerous and that is why they are not performed in the developed world.

Sid Aug 18, 2016 02:55am

@apple sherry ...I am quite confident they too would prefer peace in region in long run. Open borders from Afghanistan to far South east Asia would be a dream come true for billions of people.

Sid Aug 18, 2016 03:01am

@pathanoo . We would love to make Medical Visa easy. Problem is the world we are living in, we cant let anybody in easily without proper background check. Any lax in security costs lives of hundreds of innocent civilians.

KN Aug 18, 2016 04:44am

Indian Doctors and Hospitals helping desperate Pakistanis is a heart warming thing and has been happening for a long time and more should happen. However I understand why India is very cautious in issuing visas to Pakistanis.

Adil Jadoon Aug 18, 2016 05:04am

Only reason people go there is because it is cheap. Even indians with money go to developed countries. Would not recommend India to any of my loved ones!

Not a zealot Aug 18, 2016 05:04am

@Amir Ahmad :All insurance is based ope shared needs when those needs arise. That's why we pay insurance premiums BFEORE the needs arise!

Ibrahim Aug 18, 2016 05:29am

When you need, they are your friends otherwise they our the enemy.Should we change our opinion about India.

F.Shah Aug 18, 2016 06:20am

@imtiaz Ali khan - I have lived, worked and have enjoyed the company of Pakistanis. I have always considered Pakistanis as my family members. When I was born there was no Pakistan and therefore I have nothing against Pakistanis.All the problems have been created by people with vested interests

Anil Aug 18, 2016 07:10am

Happy to hear such news of being able to rid our neighbours of the sufferings.

sangram Aug 18, 2016 07:54am

35 % scientist in NASA, 30 % doctor in US, 23 % software professional in US are indians. In india we do have more skilled doctors than US and UK so we welcome our pakistani brother to come to india for theirs treatment. Its a need not to be restricted to one nation.

point of view Aug 18, 2016 07:56am

@AZAAD, I like you suggestion.

Vbprince Aug 18, 2016 07:57am

@N.Sid 20 pkr is 12-13 inr. Now a days many Indians can easily afford. Also all big medical hospitals have trust or are associated with trust which take care of treatment of poor. E.g. Siddhivinayak temple trust takes care of poor patients requiring big surgery in Mumbai hospitals. They spend ~50-75 crore annually for this

Rajnish Kumar Aug 18, 2016 08:46am

Regardless of what kind of relationship we have with political establishment of Pakistan, I as an Indian would want my Government to simplify Visa norms for our Pakistani friends who need medical care. The clock of life keeps ticking, it doesn't understand bureaucracy. Anyone who needs to come to India for medical treatment should be granted Visa in one day.

Thavaseelan Gopinathan Aug 18, 2016 08:54am

@Ijaz Sir even if you feel there is some smoke in organ transplantation, i can assure you that the organs will not so cheap for a Pakistani or for an Indian to purchase it.

rajat Aug 18, 2016 09:08am

Gud article .... Cpl of things ...... if the patient is critical and visa is an issue then just in touch with external affirm minister ,,,, there is a rule that immediate visa needs to be provided for critical patients and one attendent. U can twitter your concentrate to extract Al affair ministry and believe me your work will be done ... sushma swaraj is vry active and helpful ... secondly Please have a second opinion on the the advice being given by any hospital in india .... unfortunately greed is taking over the profession, so there are enough cases where the precription is not solely based on requirement but money. Moreover keeping general enmity aside between india a d pakistan which I don't think will ever cease to exist ..... I haven't met anyone in either country who has been hostile to each other as a guest or as a host. We really have unimaginablemedical facilities at fraction of cost

Swetha Aug 18, 2016 09:23am

There are many foundations which serve everyone for free like Sathya Sai hospitals.I read an article about pakistani child getting free cardiac surgery at sathya Sai,Bengaluru.You can google the article.Even St.Johns, bengaluru gives free dialysis for poor.A lot of hospitals in southern states like AP,Karnataka,Tamilnadu give free service and anyone can avail it.Medical Crowd Funding is becoming popular these days.Just a Whatsapp msg can help poor get treatment.

Huzaifa Akhtar Aug 18, 2016 09:33am

So much good is possible between Pakistan & India, if we collaborate together with Trust. I urge both countries to forget and forgive.

OhReally Aug 18, 2016 09:45am

Great news!!! . So good to see that great people are on both sides, and if more good people can strengthen the unity..we wont have much problem... I am very confedent that Pakistan and Pakistani brothers and sisters will do the same for Indians if and when need will arise. Hoping for better terms between 2 countries.

omveer Aug 18, 2016 10:21am

While it's heartening to learn that many Pakistan lives have been saved, these hospitals are islands for the rich. The average Indian suffers from lack of health care and standards of government hospitals are abysmal. Thousands are denied admission and bribery is rampant. But it's good to read Dawn article eulogising Indian healthcare.

Reader Aug 18, 2016 10:24am

India should make 72 hour guaranteed medical visa decision in priority cases and 24 hour including Sunday, on urgency basis,or Visa on Arrival for Medical Urgencies.

Anil Aug 18, 2016 10:26am

India needs to make repaid strides in value chain.It must develop skills not only in the area of medicine.More and more sofistication needs to be acquired in rocketry,avionics,weather prediction,soil wealth,development of seeds suitable to weather conditions in the sub continent. Expertise acquired be focussed on upgrading human development indices of the SAARC nations. Such international integration of the neighbours will help eradicate poverty and inculcate feeling of togetherness.It will help fight the scourge of terrorism on lasting basis.

Reader Aug 18, 2016 10:27am

@the fake ZAK When Pakistan makes the medical cheaper, better and welcome us with open heart.

Bengali from Babgalore Aug 18, 2016 10:39am

I wonder when we need blood in this hospitals we never ask for Hindu or Muslim blood, irrespective to our faith we ask for what we need.

Swamy Aug 18, 2016 10:41am

@N.Sid in many states governments have introduced cash less treatment for below poverty line peoples to take treatment at any private hospitals. Proceedure is hassle free, just they have produce their bpl card to admit into the hospitsl, entire expenditute will be borne by the govts. Many poor families have been benefitted. Thsnks for duch schemes.

SMJ Aug 18, 2016 10:42am

Keeping all differences aside, what will I do whenever I meet a Pakistani.......I will just hug my brother ! Wonder when that be possible ! Just want both leaderships to sort out differences and let free flow of citizens mutually.

karma yogi Aug 18, 2016 10:48am

Pakistan is our brother country! It is and always will be. So are other countries in subcontinent!

Sendil Aug 18, 2016 10:54am

Some Pakistan health insurance company should get in touch with Indian hospitals to avail health insurance to patients. This will benefit many patients.

Charlie Aug 18, 2016 11:20am

Welcome to India. Pakistani brothers and sisters. The medical treatment is the best at the lowest cost.

Gaurav Aug 18, 2016 11:51am

Remove politics, else everything is good between India and Pakistan.

kranti Aug 18, 2016 12:21pm

Even Govt. comes in middle of helping an enemy country...that is our system based on humanity more than religion...

rc Aug 18, 2016 12:56pm

leave aside K word join for H health and hospitality

Sriram Aug 18, 2016 12:58pm

Culturally,geographically and socially Pakistan resembles India more than any other country in the world. India and Indians are soft on Pakistan and Pakistanis on so many matters but still Pakistan and Pakistanis mistrust India and they pay close attention to the Chinese.

NPS Aug 18, 2016 12:58pm

Dawn, thank you very much for reporting. I am deeply moved for this gesture of humanity. Let us speakes deeds, because they speaks lauder then stones of hate and Division.

Av Aug 18, 2016 01:18pm

many don't know that first eye surgery was done in India some 1500 years ago by someone called shusharuta.

visit ::: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ListofIndianinventionsand_discoveries

diwakar Aug 18, 2016 01:27pm

@Hitesh .At the same time should be careful to prevent undesirable elements misusing medical visa facility.

diwakar Aug 18, 2016 01:28pm

@Akbar .That can't be a one way traffic.

OhReally Aug 18, 2016 01:43pm

@the fake ZAK That day WILL come..one day , we both will help each other out, out of love and care ..and will forget the hatred..I am very hopeful. humanity exists on both sides.

True Indian Aug 18, 2016 01:56pm

Indian Medical Insurance Companies should extend Medical Insurance to Pakistan Citizen as well as to ensure Visa, when will be needed . This will have long impact to improve people to people relation. Pakistan Govt. also should have role in this entire process . This will make common middle class Pakistan citizens to get high quality Medical facility in India.

nida Aug 18, 2016 02:04pm

I went to big name hospital Medanta - the Medicity in Gurgaon in India and felt that I was in some Dubai hospital, so many middle eastern people, Arabs standing, sitting almost on every luxury couch available. Thats Ok because they have their oil money, and found that people talked the hospital being so costly. I would avoid such hospital which looks like a five start hotel service with food courts, costly services and fees but average treatment. If I go to a doctor I don't see whether he drives a Merc or BMW, I see how he understands my case and advises the best suitable treatment course. In India there are many other hospitals - simple and much better treatment wise.

Amit Rai Aug 18, 2016 02:26pm

@Hassan zaeem aftab we welcome you sir

Feroz Aug 18, 2016 02:34pm

No human being should be allowed to die for lack of treatment or because they could not afford the treatment. Life is very precious, if it can be saved it must be saved.

p. vaidyanathan Aug 18, 2016 02:36pm

India should support poor folk from pakistan to get good treatment. Govt of India should do the needful and NGOs to come forward to make treatment less painful.

R S Chakravarti Aug 18, 2016 02:44pm

@Rahul You are right. They should investigate the reasons for these problems. Maybe they can be prevented to some extent.

Habibul Alam Aug 18, 2016 02:49pm

Based on my practical experience, I would suggest foreigners to avoid the hospitals in the Kolkata.

They are simply inhuman and rotten. No doubt in the south, Delhi and Mumbai they are comparable to other countries.

R S Chakravarti Aug 18, 2016 02:53pm

@the fake ZAK Why strike a jarring note? Anyway, how do we know that SIUT isn't one of the best in the subcontinent?

Ijaz Aug 18, 2016 02:53pm

@Basit Ali There are also laws that prohibit discrimination against Dalits.

Since when has India become a model of a law abiding state?

R S Chakravarti Aug 18, 2016 03:01pm

@sangram Aren't the percentages you mentioned a bit on the high side?

Maxx Aug 18, 2016 03:08pm

@sangram 35% scientists in NASA are Indians...this is actually an internet hoax and not true. Do some internet research and Google search before posting such inane statement,

R S Chakravarti Aug 18, 2016 03:09pm

It just occurred to me that if the Indian govt, in collaboration with state govts, were to develop hospitals in places bordering Pakistan and facilitate travel to them by Pakistanis, it might help to rapidly improve relations. Some high quality hospitals relatively close to Pakistan already exist, like in Ludhiana and Chandigarh. Many more should be upgraded, and visa and travel rules should be changed. Patients are not terrorists!

Ashish Aug 18, 2016 03:16pm

For pakistani readers,

Private Hospitals in India are meant solely for Elite Class whereas more than 85% of the People in India are without even proper primary healthcare facilities. Situation in Healthcare sector in India is no less poorer than in Pakistan.

Rahul Aug 18, 2016 03:16pm

@Ijaz In India, people has right to donate the livers incase of death or mental death. Parents/close one can to decide in case of mental death.

Maxx Aug 18, 2016 03:27pm

@R S Chakravarti Many people are unaware of the cutting edge medical services available in Pakistan, with a reasonable rate and thousands of people do use such facilities. Check this report...

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1083560/medical-development-aku-becomes-countrys-first-hospital-to-introduce-neuro-robotic-exoscope/

austin luke furtado Aug 18, 2016 03:38pm

As an Indian I'm happy my country aspires to save lives even if not Indian ones....

RR_Bangalore Aug 18, 2016 03:43pm

@Maxx : You should google it first, before showing you jealousy in public forum. A very good article by Dawn. All patients from Pakistanis are welcome to India for a better treatment. FEROZa : its not Allopathy. Its called Ayurveda and famous in South India. Lot of foreigners are coming to Kerala for Cancer related treatment.

Dev Aug 18, 2016 03:45pm

@Akbar most of the Indians would love to help and be helped.

Maxx Aug 18, 2016 03:54pm

@RR_Bangalore Check this report dude...this is an hoax and not true.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/India-rising-in-US-Govt-falls-victim-to-net-hoax/articleshow/2856295.cms

kavita Aug 18, 2016 04:01pm

Indian doctors are world class but I was surprised to read the following sentence- Without any language barrier, and keeping the political rhetoric aside, a Pakistani can literally get a new lease on life across the border.- And I always find Pakistani citizens deride Hindi as a foreign tongue that is incomprehensible to them.

diwakar Aug 18, 2016 04:30pm

@Akbar .What exactly you mean?

Sireesh Aug 18, 2016 04:32pm

@N.Sid Many State governments now have state sponsored medical insurance which the poorest to access the best private hospitals. Please don't be so negative. There is more to life to smile about than we think.

S. Haider Aug 18, 2016 04:44pm

Namestay. Thank you dear Indian doctors. Thank you Indian readers of DAWN for friendly and lovely comments. This story is a candle in the darkness.

Ezrah Aug 18, 2016 04:58pm

In all health parameters Kerala comes on top in India. Most of the Hospital Chains in Middle east is owned or run by Kerlalites. 30% Nurses/Doctors are from Kerala. (even in US/UK/Canada) much cheaper than so called "metros". (also for Ayurveda)

There are medical colleges in every towns + 5 international airports

Kaly Aug 18, 2016 05:10pm

@S. Haider - Salam Namaste Haider bhai.....thanks for your lovely comment.

Kaly Aug 18, 2016 05:11pm

@Ezrah - Its no Kerala but TamilNadu is on the top....Kerala is mostly known for Ayurveda treatment...

Smh Aug 18, 2016 05:14pm

I have lot of friends who are docs in UK etc coming back to India for they get better pay now. Also they get to see varied cases.

indianNRI Aug 18, 2016 05:43pm

people in need should be given visa irrespective of the country and religion. Humanity should prevail!! Thanks Dawn for bringing such stories which bring some kindness in the heart when everyone spreading hatred.

B Aug 18, 2016 05:54pm

Heart warming story !

Well Meaning Aug 18, 2016 06:30pm

remember has the worlds bets doctors too the ones who go to US and UK are not half as indian counterparts who stay in India TRUE

v.sreenivas Aug 18, 2016 07:03pm

It is too bad that we cannot make use of the good will that exists between people. At one end doctors are trying to save lives regardless of nationality and the politicians are spending millions to kill healthy soldiers. How can we proclaim , under such circumstances, that man is a rational being?

Insaf Aug 18, 2016 07:10pm

India is now having world class medical facilities with economical cost. Patients from Middle East Afganista, Russia and African countries are increasing each day. I have May from Pakistan who seek opinion and treatment. You can contAct to 'The Meditour ' for any health free of charge

Enkay Aug 18, 2016 07:18pm

@N.Sid - Wondering how many Indians can pay about 20-32 lacs to have a liver transplant in Apollo, or any other fancy private hospitals, most of them have to rely of poorly run government hospitals.

This is an elitist, exclusive medical practice which is being run as a business. There are scores of articles about how they fleece patients. There was an article where they declined a patient who cannot arrange the total money they take as fee. 22-30 lacs is quite a big amount for average Pakistani and Indians.

N Sid Sir - A huge and humongous percentage of Pakistanis get the Indian Medical Treatment at very low cost - many times it is free. Remember when Indian Hospitals provide "subsidized or free treatment" to Pakistanis it is at the cost of Depriving India's Sick and Suffering who also need such Operations. We do not oppose them

J USA Aug 18, 2016 08:38pm

@N.Sid ...hope all the Pakistanis get their treatments at local hospitals...if they are that good

Truth Aug 18, 2016 09:06pm

India has a booming medical field for medical tourism. Everyone leaves satisfied

sen Aug 18, 2016 09:12pm

@imtiaz ali khan-- I am Canadian been here from 41 yrs--born in Fiji Islands my families have gone to India for treatment from Fiji which is much cheaper than neighbouring NZ and Australia and they have full praise for Indian doctors and hospital they were treated .Surprisingly so many foreigners from European,African and North Americans go there for treatment. Indian multi medical centres are also trying to open facilities in Fiji to cater for Pacific Island countries and other adjacent countries !!!

Akashwani Aug 18, 2016 09:14pm

God bless her with speedy recovery..

karur Aug 18, 2016 09:22pm

Finally a story that makes sense! A meaningful gesture to save a life is a higher priority than a meaningless Pakistan bashing at such times. Thank God, there is still some humanity left in the Indo-Pak relationship

sen Aug 18, 2016 09:27pm

@SOURAV CHAKRABARTY ---so very true well said bhaiji--may there be peace and goodwill amongst all mankind !!!!!!

satya Aug 18, 2016 09:34pm

Everyone should remember that the medical treatment given to foreigners ,partly comes out of Indian tax payer's contribution. Medical education is subsidized and it is contributed by rich and poor Indians.Even the Government hospital's equipment are supported by Public taxes. So every foreigner who gets treatment in India also owe something to Indian masses who themselves do not get that treatment.

ROHIT PANDEY Aug 18, 2016 09:38pm

@Adil Jadoon Only reason people go there is because it is cheap. Even indians with money go to developed countries. Would not recommend India to any of my loved ones!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7NUQZiWl6w

I am sure this video would interest you?:)

American politicians seem to share your views, but, American journalists have opposite views?

The doctors in private hospitals in India have a track-record of foreign training and when they come back to India handle ENORMOUS case-loads in India and that makes them exceptional doctors-foreign training plus enormous hands-on experience in India!:)

Yash Aug 18, 2016 10:18pm

@Being_admi Reading the article in My favourite news paper makes me almost speechless.what has been spewed out by the politicians of both countries over the last few days is absolutely unwarranted. I don't want to write an essay here but I would like people from both our countries should come out on streets in large numbers and say we want to live as good friends and neighbours till politecians bow down to the demands of the masses. Both our countries are spending good money on arming themselves and not doing enough for poor and deprived masses. Threatening each other with nuclear weapons is wasting time. I have no doubt that at the end the leaders we will have sit and talk .So why not now when the tempers on both sides or so hot? We need to sit back and think and think hard till we realise that living together as good friends and neighbours is the only answer. The masses need to put pressure on leaders till they find a solution.

nikus Aug 18, 2016 10:46pm

Bangalore is also,now, turning out to be medical tourism hub. Manipal hospital alone treated 80000 foreign patents last year. The problem is, most of the foreign patents are from Pakistan,Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who get subsidised treatment. For Indian patents they charge normal fee, for poorer neighbours they charge less and for North Americans and Europeans they charge more. Ultimately, Indians are not getting any benefit from this.

Rajesh Kumar Aug 18, 2016 10:47pm

I hope to see India and Pakistan friendship just like the way it is between USA and Canada. If we put kashmir issue behind then we progress fast on the world map.

Ranjan kumar singh Aug 19, 2016 12:32am

This should be the behave of true magnanimous country.

T.M. Reddy Aug 19, 2016 12:49am

Humans with brain supposed to help each other not killing each other. Barbarism and terrorism has become a talking point now-a-days. Hope this type of helping hand becomes a religion of humans!!!

SRK Aug 19, 2016 01:06am

This is the best article ever saw on DAWN. Please keep bringing positive and common thing of two countries and connect people, don't divide them. Thanks.

SRK Aug 19, 2016 01:07am

But the politicians and military security personal don't see this. All they see is 'Bullet' and kill the innocent border guard, whose family will suffer for the rest of the life.

schali Aug 19, 2016 01:32am

@Well Meaning Translate, otherwise, no meaning

kktiwari Aug 19, 2016 01:49am

Thanks dawn for positive news for India

Being Indian Aug 19, 2016 02:39am

Hi, There are several issues where we Indians slam Pakistan. But on this issue India has glorious history that Thousands of Pakistani get visa's to get hospitalized in India n they go back to Pakistan happily after treatment. I fully support my Indian government to give visa's to needful Pakistanis who need a good doctor/hospital.

Truth alone prevail Aug 19, 2016 02:43am

@Akbar "@prafulla

Of course it's cheaper: 1.3 billion vs 200 million(maybe) Standard of living!"

No, it's not Standard of living. It is demand-supply. India produces surplus, Pakistan produces less than required. You should learn some economics.

Truth alone prevail Aug 19, 2016 02:47am

@anil tiwari "Apollo Delhi is not a big hospital. There are bigger & better hospitals in Mumbai and South India. Apollo, Mehdanta, Batra etc in Delhi do not have a good reputation and are best avoided unless you have lots of money to throw away."

You really have no idea what are you talking about. Nearly half the patients in IPD and at least one third in OPD at IP Apollo Delhi are non-Indians. Most of them being from the Islamic countries. All those patients are not there because the hospital doesn't have a good reputation. In fact, the Medanta that you mention is the one which is meant for super-rich. Apollo is comparatively a lot more affordable.

Bobby Kumar Aug 19, 2016 06:45am

@Ayush You did not understand spirit of this article. It NOT just number game.

Bobby Kumar Aug 19, 2016 06:47am

@imtiaz ali I am with you on this brother. I am also a proud son of India who does not hate its cousins and grand children

Bobby Kumar Aug 19, 2016 06:50am

Providing medical treatment is part of humanity. Please do not look it under scanner of any border. We are INSAN first and this what make us different from animals

sajed syed Aug 19, 2016 07:38am

I have to point out one interesting aspect of Indian Medical Tourism is about Iranian visiting Delhi by thousands.

When Iran was going through sanctions by the Western world, thousands of Iranians were visiting Delhi for medical treatment.

Modified Barter System helped saving lives and building strong bonds amongst humanity.

Yash Aug 19, 2016 08:35am

Apollo , Batra and Medanta are definitely one of the best in the country. As are the hospitals in Mumbai, Chennai and other cities. I say so is beacuse I am a doctor trained in India and have worked in these institutes as well as overseas.

Sudhir Neyalasinger Aug 19, 2016 08:51am

@N.Sid You have a point. There are many hospitals in India which fleece you and 20 to 30 lakh INR is a lot of money for people in the subcontinent. But some of the hospitals are better than the others. Narayana Hrudayalaya gets farmers and rural folk to subscribe to a group insurance with a low premium that covers heart ailments. Columbia Asia is also a good and pretty reasonable hospital. Most of us middle class people have medical insurance that cover our families.

INDIAN Aug 19, 2016 09:22am

Appolo Chennai is also very popular among Bangladeshis and Arab patients .

Vijay Aug 19, 2016 09:28am

Proud of Our Country India.

mkb Aug 19, 2016 10:06am

@Rahul this are all genetic problems because of marriage in close blood relations. There are other physical deformations cases also due to this.

Pakistani Aug 19, 2016 10:07am

@the fake ZAK it is one of the best. Almost free of cost, kidney transplants are successfully done the only hurdle here is that it doesn't allow non relative donors, it is because of the struggles of Dr Adeeb Rizvi that it became illegal in pak to receive organ from non blood relative and it was done to stop organ smuggling. I worked in middle east and I know it well that most arabs go to India for kidney transplant so they can get organs.

Pakistani Aug 19, 2016 10:10am

@AKKS you are saying cheaper but in SIUT its free of cost.

M Wasim K Aug 19, 2016 10:29am

@Vivek (Indore) I am citizen in a western country of Pakistani origin. I don't know about the %age but I usually look for an Indian or Pakistani doctor for my consultation. Me and my wife both have an Indian eye specialist. They tend to give recognition, and bond is easily created and a sense of comfort is there. However saying this the local doctors American & British are also equally caring.

ABCD Aug 19, 2016 10:35am

Many Pakistanis do not like India and come with a logic that equal or better facilities are available in Pakistan also. It is a good thing and we encourage you to compete on this area. If people are getting better medical facilities, it is good for not only Pakistan but also the entire subcontinent. Even then, we invite all needy brothers and sisters across the boarders with open arms who require medical treatment in India, which is appreciated all over the the world, not only for cost effectiveness but also for efficiency.

Insaf Aug 19, 2016 10:46am

Nice article and show how good relations can improve service like this between two countries. Its time to stop attacking each other and work for peace and development.

apakmuslim Aug 19, 2016 10:51am

Thank you Ms. Jyotsna ji for writing such an eye opener article and thanks Dawn for sharing it with the readers. Glad to acknowledge that India serves as a life saving destination for Pak Citizens, if need be. Presenting the idea of giving an option to fellow Pak Folks, hopefully, is well appreciated by the masses during the dire need, irrespective of any other differences. It is fortunate to be surrounded by such neighbors who are willing to accommodate. The article also highlights the fact that 'a life be saved' whether you belong to a majority religion or part of a minority and the brownie point is that any life is precious. If Pak can reciprocate this, without any religious bias, that is where you see the mileage.

dharun badetha Aug 19, 2016 11:40am

Father of Surgery is an Indian

Mahadevan Aug 19, 2016 12:34pm

I strongly recommend CMC Hospital, Vellore is the world class hospital with affordable fee for terminally ill patients. Vellore is a small town in Southern Tip of India and the state name is 'Tamilnadu'. I wish Pakistani people can use this hospital for any medical emergency and the Doctors and peoples are very friendly and take care of patients well.

Sridhar Aug 19, 2016 12:52pm

(But unlike other Pakistanis and Indians, Aslam could not pack his family's bags and leave for Europe or the US....) Most Indians do not pack their family bags to go for Europe, US. As a physician from USA, it is pretty expensive in US if you do not have insurance coverage. Most Indians get treated in India. Some of the facilities in India are world class but again expensive.

Sridhar Aug 19, 2016 01:01pm

As a physician who returned to India some months ago from USA after practicing there for 20 plus years, i can say emphatically that US healthcare is in a big mess. In the near future, there seems to be no remedies. Smaller loss making hospitals are closing or merging with bigger ones to survive. Since healthcare too is modeled like a business venture, bottom line is profit, not service. US will be forced to socialize its medicine in future (like canada) to survive and doctors will have to take a heavy pay cut. Sad but true.

Indian Aug 19, 2016 01:17pm

we Indians have always welcomed Pakistanis with open arms. from Health facilities to career opportunities but unfortunately we get bullets and bombs in return , we want to leave peacefully and reach new heights .Pakistanis Should not be jealous and instead should also follow us for their your own benefit

mahesh Aug 19, 2016 01:50pm

Thanks Dawn.. for regularly highlighting the optimistic news also...i do read your online version, as much I do read indian news sites.

Thats the way India is & Indians are... 500 patients from Pakistan every month says a lot... god bless the doctors who make every attempt to improvise human life irrespective of nationality, religions, gender, caste, creed..

indian Aug 19, 2016 02:43pm

My only request to friends from Pakistan is please ask the people who get back from India, what a common in India feels about Pakistan or Muslims. I can assure you, you will be surprised by the reply. There is no hostility about Pakistan or muslims here, instead you will hear the stories of how Pakistani helped me in London or America or my best friends abroad including Dubai are Pakistanis and so on. it is a creation of media or whatever to gain popularity and votes. So lets stop this hatred and be good neighbors.

Pedro Sam Aug 19, 2016 02:50pm

Let the politicians keep on fighting. People from Pak and India should try to improve the relations The benefit for common people is will be huge. Pakistan has failed to create the required infra for its people. India is also lagging behind but there is an attempt to right things. Education is the main thing Pak should focus. Parents should provide modern education to their children. Religious studies should be made available only for people above 18 years.

Nadia Masood Aug 19, 2016 03:34pm

I am from Islamabad and I accompanied my sister to Chennai in South India for treating her kidney problem. While in Chennai, my sister also had an IVF procedure done on her for Rs 2 lakhs with ova from a local donor and sperm from her husband. She had originally planned on doing the IVF procedure in Dubai for $10,000.

Now my sister has 2 beautiful boy babies with 50% South Indian DNA. I must say that the medical facilities in Chennai were top class and the staff were absolutely courteous. Even though some of the local Tamil people knew we were from Pakistan, we were treated with utmost respect, kindness and hospitality.

The medical trip we made to India was a successful, wonderful and eye opening experience for me and my sister's family.

Atul Kumar Dwivedi Aug 19, 2016 04:24pm

Both India & Pakistan are wasting their money to buy arms from USA , France etc etc . They shud solve problem with talk & invest these money in healthcare

Feroz Aug 19, 2016 04:33pm

@Nadia Masood I was suffering from acute myopia since childhood. My number went from -3.5 to -14 with time, steady deterioration every year. Ten years ago I got the problem fixed in Chennai, got lenses in both my eyes replaced with new artificial ones. It cost me just Rs 60,000/- for a new set of eyes, which I easily claimed from Insurance. By now the price may have doubled. No need for a cataract operation in future either.

the fake ZAK Aug 19, 2016 05:10pm

@Nadia Masood - Good to hear Nadia, Blessed be the twins and blessed be all kids in Pakistan

ROHIT PANDEY Aug 19, 2016 05:57pm

@Mahadevan I met a doctor here in Canada,who did a stint at Christian Medical College,Vellore, Tamilnadu in 1980's.

She said she was "blown away" by the standard of the students and faculty in CMC.:):)

ROHIT PANDEY Aug 19, 2016 06:00pm

@Feroz @Nadia Masood I was suffering from acute myopia since childhood. My number went from -3.5 to -14 with time, steady deterioration every year. Ten years ago I got the problem fixed in Chennai, got lenses in both my eyes replaced with new artificial ones. It cost me just Rs 60,000/- for a new set of eyes, which I easily claimed from Insurance. By now the price may have doubled. No need for a cataract operation in future either

Thank you for sharing,sir.

"Shankara Netralaya" in Chennai is a GREAT institution maintaining very high standards!:)

J USA Aug 19, 2016 06:35pm

@Ijaz.... in this case liver, rarely transplanted organ...if you are talking about kidney, then not easily available.

Akram Ariff Aug 19, 2016 06:40pm

@an indian Sir or Madam, The sooner we become friends and good neighbors the better for both our countries. Just imagine if we spend the money we spend on our armed forces, that money spent on education, health and reduction of poverty would be so much better for both our countries.

J USA Aug 19, 2016 06:45pm

@Adil Jadoon ...good for you...

Rahul Aug 19, 2016 07:24pm

No many may be aware but you will be surprised to know that the best treatment is not available in Pvt sector in India but in Govt sector. For example AIIMS in Delhi. The cost is unbelievable cheap, the doctors/machines/treatment is at par with some of the best hospitals in World. My 78 years old father who has some major heart problems had his knee replaced recently. Every single doc in Delhi refused to even touch him, such were the medical complications involved.

Naasamajh Aug 19, 2016 08:26pm

A positive story to build on.

kunkolienkarsachin Aug 19, 2016 09:15pm

Hope that Healthcare brings these tow countrymen together!!

the wise guy Aug 19, 2016 10:08pm

@Ijaz say there is a traffic accident and the victim has a serious brain injury and dying. This person will be kept alive on ventilator for a couple of days, before pulling the plug. This individual will become ORGAN DONOR for many patients who may be in need of, among others, kidneys, Liver, Heart, eye (cornea) etc. The relatives ' consent is a must.

the wise guy Aug 19, 2016 10:28pm

I live in America. A relative of mine needed liver transplant. The price quoted was $300,000, approximately 1.8 crore Indian rupees. But then in India the organ donor transplants for liver are not widely available. There they do more of partial liver transplants from living relatives.

Sal Aug 20, 2016 01:11am

It is shame that we Pakistani ca not even provide healthcare to our own people and we have to go to India for treatment. Both the country got independent at the same time and we did not achieve anything except infighting and corruption.

gp65 Aug 20, 2016 01:43am

@AJS "These patients must get visa free entry or quick visa."

Indeed all unnecessary bureaucracy and delay must be cut down to facilitate timely treatment for a sick person on humanitarian grounds.

Altaf Aug 20, 2016 02:48am

Humanity is winning and that is making someone very very special a winner.

ROHIT PANDEY Aug 20, 2016 02:54am

@Nadia Masood Thank you for sharing.

I am from Chennai and it makes for a pleasant reading.

Glad your sister and brother-in-law were able to enjoy the joys of parenthood,now!:)

nikus Aug 20, 2016 05:42am

@Rahul AIIMS(Delhi) is for the politicians. Within a decade we will have more fully functioning AIIMSs to cater to general public.At least one such is coming up in my native state West Bengal.As per govt. data, most of the patients in India are suffering from lifestyle diseases, for which Yoga and Pranayam is the only solution.

Dipak Aug 20, 2016 09:31am

After all it is India who always try to save life even in war time to natural disaster era. See the history .stone throwers are also saved by our country .

Vikas Aug 20, 2016 09:37am

Love to see such articles... After all we all are humans. I Wish a day comes that both countries have such peaceful relations that we walk through each others homes.

manishbali Aug 20, 2016 09:58am

I have seen documentary on NGC on Samjhota Express, they shown one family came thru this train for Medical add in Delhi private hospital for eye surgery, I really get my eyes wet, when this family saw Delhi as same as Lahore.

I have observed when ever Pak nationalist comes in India they are widely welcomed...Thanx for this article...

Imran AB Aug 20, 2016 11:12am

Always nice to read about instances that will bring the two people , the two countries together. Had relatives who went to India for the treatment but had nothing but all good and great to say about the medical staff and the general public they had to deal with ..... great gesture to offer medical treatment to the Pakistanis. Even if they charge for it. It does not make a big difference to the Indian economy ... seems more a human gesture than monetary

Y-Fi Aug 20, 2016 03:38pm

Great article