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(Photo Credit: NPR- Dr. Devi Shetty meets with a patient. The surgeon, who says heart disease is on the rise in India, has never turned away a patient who had no money to pay. Julie McCarthy/NPR) 

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NPR, a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States, recently covered a story on a philanthropist cardiac surgeon from India.The report titled, India's Philanthropist-Surgeon Delivers Cardiac Care Henry Ford-Style, is authored by Julie McCarthy who herself had the good fortune of witnessing Dr. Devi Shetty in action at the Narayana Health, a state-of-the-art medical center in the southern Indian city of Bangalore where, as the author says, heart surgeries are performed on a mass scale. Dr. Shetty is the founder and chairman of the Narayana medical center (in Sanskrit the name means "the preserver of the universe"). 

Some of the facts that the NPR report points out about the large-hearted heart surgeon and his hospital are-
  1. The 13-year-old center is founded by the now 61 year old Dr. Devi Shetty
  2. The sutures are made of a material called Prolene, a cheaper Indian brand, that made huge savings.
  3. Shetty has slashed costs on everything from the operating table to the lighting — all supplied by American or European companies. 
  4. Some 3,000 children received cardiac care at the 1,000-bed center last year. 
  5. Fifty-eight surgeons work six days a week 'stitching life back into broken hearts' for a fraction of what they might earn at a premier private hospital in India or in the U.S.
  6. Narayana's profits are poured back into the enterprise, which now has 29 hospitals in India and one in the Cayman Islands. 
  7. The volume of surgeries — 14,000 last year — has drawn comparisons to the assembly lines of Henry Ford.
  8. About 30 to 35 major heart surgeries are done here a day. And no patient has been refused because they have no money.
  9. The fees from the rich offset the costs for the poor. Patients with money pay several thousand dollars for open heart surgery. But patients with little money — and little hope of raising any — pay very little. They are 60 percent of the cases.
  10. Since a girl child in India is far more likely to die before the age of 5 for lack of adequate food and medical care, if it is a girl child the center takes care of the child at no cost.
  11. The hospital's break-even point for surgery is $1,200. Shetty wants to cut that in half.
The report also gives some statistics with respect to cardiac situation in India-
  1. Some 600 to 800 children are born every day [in India] with a heart problem and only a fraction are operated on.
  2. 2 million Indians need cardiac care every year. Ninety-five percent of Indians with a serious heart condition don't get the care they need and gradually perish over time.
The article ends thus- An evangelist for affordable care, Shetty is overturning how cardiac treatment gets apportioned in India, whether it's addressing gender bias or redistributing care to the poor. Devi Shetty predicts that India will become the first country "to dissociate health care from affluence."

Kudos to NPR for an excellent coverage on an exemplar doctor.

We say ..

We hear of the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, founded by Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy in 1976, that helps rid the country and then the world of unnecessary blindness. It had started as an 11-bed hospital in a simple house and went on to become a center where over 2 million patients are examined and around 300,000 cataract surgeries are performed per year. Each doctor performs, on average, 80 surgeries a day. The US average, in comparison, being six. 

We hear of countless doctors all across the world involved in 'Doctors Without Borders' who spend many hours risking their own life to help people all over the globe. Every year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in some 70 countries around the world. 

We hear of many such examples of people in the medical field who see their careers as more than means of minting money. When medical profession and philanthropy join hands, miracles happen and humanity thrives.  

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