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Charitable trust hospitals offer a better alternative

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HYDERABAD: For people who can not afford the high costs in a corporate hospital and also do not prefer to avail the services of public hospitals (as they are perceived to lack proper care), hospitals run by charitable trusts offer a better alternative.

While a corporate hospital charges an out patient around Rs. 300 per visit, even for common ailments, hospitals run by trusts charge less than half of that amount.

Mahaveer Hospital charges Rs. 100 as registration charges for out patients. This registration is valid for 10 days and each visit during these days will cost Rs. 50. “Whenever I am sick, I prefer to take treatment at Mahaveer Hospital and Research Centre,” Yadamma, a 55-year-old housewife said. She says that the Mahaveer Hospital is cheaper when compared to corporate hospitals.

Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital and Research Centre (DDHRC) in Vidya Nagar, run by Andhra Mahila Sabha, charges out patients Rs. 125 for general ailments and Rs. 180 for critical ailments (like cardiac ailments), for a period of 14 days. All consultations in those 14 days are free of cost. The hospital also has a 24-hour emergency ward where a patient will be charged Rs. 70 per day.

Mohan Rao, PRO of DDHRC, said the hospital handles an average of 600 people as out-patients everyday and specialist doctors are available round-the-clock.

Another trust run hospital, Sagarlal Memorial hospital in Musheerabad, charges it's out patients a registration fee of Rs. 115 for general ailments, and Rs. 215 for critical ailments. Each subsequent visit costs Rs. 75 for general and Rs. 175 for critical ailments.

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