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Times of India
06 Octotber 2010
Bangalore, India

The health capital of India has a reassuringly human side to it. Yet another of Bangalore‚Äôs hitech hospitals has opened its doors to the under–privileged.

Medical Care Gets Better For The Poor
The 150–bed Vagus Super Speciality Hospital in Malleswaram will reserve 10 beds for the poor. Established at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore, the hospital has 24/7 laboratory service. It also has MRI, digital X–ray, CRT, Cathlab, Cardiac CT, 4D–Ultrasound, Ophthalmology, Ventilator, Dialysis, Mammography and ambulance services for emergency cases.

Hospital chairman Dr K A Ramegowda said: "Our goal is to provide cost–effective medical care to all sections of the society. We have put in place the best of equipment and faculty and have also reserved 10 beds for patients from economically weaker sections of the society who will be provided treatment free of cost. They just have to buy the medicines prescribed. We also plan to conduct health camps in the rural areas once every three months."

Home minister R Ashoka said: "Hi–tech and super–speciality hospitals should provide cost–effective healthcare to poorer sections of society. Just as Bangalore is known for IT and BT, it should also become well known as a health city. Patients from Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as African and Arabian countries come to Bangalore for medical care because of the world–class equipment and expertise that is available in the city," he said.

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