From Indian IT Tycoon, Health Care for the Poor

By combining tech knowhow with government funds, Andhra Pradesh state is creating the most far-reaching program in the world to deliver medical services to the masses

Dr. Abhijeet Dashetwar, head of the cardiac department at government-run Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad, India, stands in the middle of a cardiac care center under construction and points to where cutting-edge monitoring systems will be installed. A new government health-care insurance program for the poor administered by private carrier Star Health and Allied Insurance made it possible for the hospital to pay for the $600,000 upgrade. The old cardiac center, with just eight beds, shared operating rooms with other departments; the new one will have 15 beds and three operating rooms. "Finally we can afford the equipment we need," Dashetwar says.

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