Dr D S Rana, Chairman, Board of Management and Department of Nephrology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, has a vision to be a leader in healthcare delivery, medical education, training and research, and to meet the changing expectations of the community. Dr Rana, in an interaction with Ekta Srivastava, ENN, talks about the present scenario and future plans of the hospital.
How do you visualise the progress of technology in Indian healthcare?
Medical Technology has witnessed incredible growth over the last half century. It has changed the delivery of healthcare in preventive, diagnostics and therapeutic aspects. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital had been and is always on the forefront to acquire latest technology.It is matter of satisfaction that during last two decades lot more hospitals have come up all over the country having modern technology to provide cutting-edge tertiary care health services to our people. Most of the research in Medicine is done abroad. Even after having a pool of medical experts in our country, we are still lagging behind.Whats your take on that? No doubt, both Central and State Governments have to focus on providing primary and secondary healthcare in such a vast country which itself is a uphill task.
However, I strongly feel that time has now come that premiere medical institutes in Public Sector and prominent Non- Government Hospitals should have reasonable budget for carrying out, not only clinical research work but also basic research in medicine. At Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, we have give significant stress on providing quality medical education and carrying out meaningful clinical and basic research.
What are the major challenges that a private or corporate hospital faces today in a country like India?
The modern medical technology and also glittery physical infrastructure adds to the rising cost of healthcare. There is huge gap between supply and demands of hospital beds. The focus should be to increase the number of beds, both in public and private sectors. In addition, all efforts should be made to make optimal use of hospital beds. Promotion of Day Care Surgeries and Home Care Services are two major steps to cut down the cost of hospitalization and make beds available for more needy patients. I am glad that this philosophy is becoming popular in the country.
Do you get any government aid?
We do not get any government aid nor we require it. Our model is cross subsidized model of providing quality healthcare at affordable price to all sections of the society. Our hospital is in true sense Peoples Own Hospital, where some people pay more than the break-even cost to cover their fellows being those who pay below break-even prices or get free treatment. Under this model we provide free treatment on 20% of the beds and highly subsidized treatment on 25% beds.
“USP of every hospital should be to work with a policy of Patient First, and all efforts should be made to provide patient with quality healthcare at reasonable cost.”
What is the USP of SGRH?
Our USP is to provide quality healthcare at affordable price to all sections of the society. We at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital work with Patient First in providing cutting-edge healthcare. At the same time, we are aware of our duties to give equal importance in the field of medical education and research. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is not only famous for providing healthcare, but is also the most sought place for doctors having passion for teaching and research. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is nursery for training medical and para medical manpower.
What is your vision for the hospital in the next five years?
Our present strength of beds is 675 and in addition, we are having 180 beds more in nearby affiliated hospitals. There is constant pressure for more beds. Within next one year, we are completing renovation of our old blocks to match our newly constructed blocks. Very soon we are starting construction of multi-level car parking and OPD block and we will have one more 10 storey block to house Department of Radiotherapy and additional 200 beds. In addition we will continue to maintain our stress on medical education and research. Our main focus will be to strengthen our present physical infrastructure during the next five years so that proper physical space with adequate infrastructure can be provided to the departments which have been given the status of institutions. Under public-private partnership model, we will endeavour for our presence outside this hospital.