Apollo Hospitals Group has agreed to provide ground support and other assistance to 17 dispensaries set up in India’s rural areas by the Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). Apollo will also help in extension of the programme and provide telemedicine services at the dispensaries. An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed during the just concluded four-day convention of AAPI, the largest ethnic medical organisation in the United States, also provides for training of medical students from the United States in the Indian hospitals. AAPI, which claims to represent over 40,000 physisians, on its part would help arrange a network of physicians in the United States who would offer post operation care to US patients who return home after surgery in the Indian hospitals. The MoU was signed by Hemant Patel on behalf of AAPI and Prathap C Reddy, founder- chairman of Apollo Hospitals and chairman of the National Committee on Healthcare of Confederation of Indian Industry. Reddy said Apollo Hospitals had brought new hope for people “who had no access to healthcare which was a prerogative of only the rich and powerful”. His vision, he said, is to bring quality care to all people in the country and to ensure that Indians do not look abroad for treatment. In the next decade, “my vision for Apollo is not just as a practitioner of medicine but as a technology innovator to bring healthcare to all people no matter their means,” he added.