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LUXURIOUS HEALING

India’s luxury hospitals now offer cinemas, coffee shops—and Rolls-Royce rides

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Hospital or cinema hall?
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A new set of luxury hospitals in India is redefining the segment with cinema halls, cafes, fancy waiting rooms and grand architecture. And these aren’t just for India’s super-rich, who seek fine medical care in even finer surroundings, but also for well-heeled medical tourists from all around the world.

The opulence is almost unbecoming for a country where millions have little, or no, access to quality health care. For instance, the Dubai-based ABV group, which is opening a luxury hospital in Mumbai in the next two years, plans to bring in its patients by Rolls-Royce cars.

In New Delhi, the Fortis Memorial hospital has an in-house cinema lounge and a food court. At the Aster Medcity hospital in Kerala, the rooms are done up in warm lighting and hardwood floors.

The price tag attached to these services also resemble what a five-star hotel would normally charge. Some hospitals like the Apollo Hospitals Group have suites that cost Rs30,000 ($470.6) per night. The package includes interpreters, personal attendants and a well-stocked pantry, among others. Meanwhile, at the Fortis La Femme hospitals, a two-day all-inclusive child birth package costs Rs4-5 lakh ($6275-7844).

India has been the hotspot for medical tourism in recent years. According to consultancy firm PwC, India’s medical tourism industry is expected to grow from $2.8 billion at present to $10.3 billion in 2020.

Here is a peek into India’s luxury hospitals, which could be mistaken for shopping malls—or even luxury hotels.

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A general view of the lobby area is pictured at the Fortis Memorial hospital at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi.
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A worker stands inside a convenience store at the Fortis Memorial hospital, Gurgaon.
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A general view of the lobby area is pictured at the Fortis Memorial hospital at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi.
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A cafe in the lobby premises is pictured at the Fortis Memorial hospital at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi.
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An exterior view of the Fortis Memorial hospital is pictured at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi.
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An exterior view of the Aster Medcity hospital at night, in Kochi, Kerala.
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A deluxe patient room at the Aster Medcity hospital in Kochi, Kerala.

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