Excerpted from Healer - Dr Prathap Chandra Reddy and the Transformation of India by Pranay Gupte with permission from Penguin Books India: F
or Dr (Prathap Chandra) Reddy, it hasn't been an entirely uneventful ride with Apollo Delhi, which was the first public-private partnership enterprise in India. Doubts have been cast about whether the hospital has lived up to its commitment to provide free medical care to poor patients.
The Delhi government was originally slated to end its involvement after five years, but the arrangement continues. Moreover, as with any medical institution, there have been some highly publicized cases involving patient complaints.
A high-pressure health care arena where lives are saved and disease is fought on a daily basis is one that is at risk from a variety of sources that might well be beyond a hospital's areas of expertise.
While the hospital believes in managing risk with a well-defined strategy, sometimes it overtakes them - as happened in the Rahul Mahajan case. Image Courtesy:
Dr Prathap Chandra Reddy