Most people dread the hospital, not just for its bland food, but also for the smell of illness that hangs in the air. But with lifestyle changes leading to greater health problems, avoiding the hospital is fast becoming impossible.
However, while hospital care may be inevitable, it isn't quite necessary for you to be hospitalised since now home healthcare providers across the country are making sure ward stays become shorter, or better still, entirely redundant.
Companies like Portea, with services in 18 cities including all leading metro cities, TriBeCa Care in Kolkata, Homital in the National Capital Region and Health Care at Home India (HCAH) in North India are gradually changing the landscape of healthcare at home.
Though doctor visits, sample collection for tests and physiotherapy have been offered at home for over a decade now, specialised treatment plans for the elderly, chronically ill and critical patients are still a new development.
Armed with the latest tablets, software and specialised training, these healthcare providers can set up intensive care units, dialysis set-ups and radiology units at home.
But while they may be substantially cheaper than hospital stays, packages offered for home hospitals are currently not covered by medical insurance.
Text: Manavi Kapur, Business Standard
Image Courtesy: Health Care at Home India