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Top Hospitals in India by Specialty

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're moving to India or recently arrived, it's important to know about the country's top hospitals for specific medical conditions. Here's a primer.

Healthcare in India - Top Hospitals in India by Specialty

India's healthcare system is a mix of public and private hospitals, with the latter often providing a higher standard of care, particularly for specialized treatments and surgeries. Public hospitals are generally more affordable but may not offer the same level of facilities or cutting-edge technology as private institutions. Expats, international retirees, and digital nomads living in India may find that while the country is renowned for its expertise in various medical fields, there are certain conditions for which they might prefer to travel back to their home country due to the availability of more specialized care or specific treatments. However, India is also known for its excellence in several areas of healthcare, attracting medical tourists seeking high-quality treatment at competitive prices. Below is a list of some of the top hospitals in India, known for their specialized departments and expert care in various medical fields.

Top Hospitals in India for Heart Surgery and Chronic Heart Conditions

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi is renowned for its cardiac care. Another leading facility is the Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Bangalore, which is part of the Narayana Health chain known for its high volume of cardiac surgeries. The Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, also in New Delhi, is another top choice for heart surgery with state-of-the-art facilities.

Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

The Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai is one of the most respected cancer treatment centers in Asia. It offers comprehensive care for cancer patients, including advanced treatments like bone marrow transplants. Another notable institution is the Apollo Hospitals, with branches in Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata, and other major cities, known for their oncology departments.

Leading Hospitals with Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Cloudnine Hospitals, with several branches across India including Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai, are highly regarded for their neonatal care. Fortis La Femme, in New Delhi and Bangalore, also specializes in maternity and neonatal care, providing state-of-the-art facilities for newborns.

Top Hospitals in India for Diabetes

Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, with its main branch in Chennai, is a pioneer in diabetes treatment and research in India. The M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, also in Chennai, is dedicated to diabetes care and offers comprehensive services for diabetes management.

Best Hospitals for Kidney Treatment and Care

The Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) in Ahmedabad is one of the largest kidney hospitals in the world. Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore is another top institution for nephrology and urology, offering advanced treatments including kidney transplants.

Top Hospitals in India for Neurology

NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences) in Bangalore is a premier center for neurology and neurosurgery in India. Another leading hospital is the Apollo Hospitals, which has a strong neurology department across its branches.

Best Hospitals for Stroke Treatment

AIIMS in New Delhi has a comprehensive stroke program and is considered one of the best for stroke treatment in India. Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai also has a dedicated stroke clinic offering emergency care and rehabilitation services.

Leading Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

The Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon is known for its advanced orthopedic treatments and joint replacement surgeries. Another top hospital is the Apollo Hospitals, which has a reputation for excellence in orthopedics across its branches.

Top Hospitals in India for Pediatric Care

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi and Rainbow Children’s Hospital, with branches in Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, are among the best for pediatric care, offering a wide range of specialized services for children.

Expats and international residents should consider that while India offers some of the best medical care in the world for various conditions, language barriers, cultural differences, and navigating the local healthcare system can be challenging. It is advisable to have comprehensive health insurance and to consider seeking assistance from medical concierge services or international patient departments that many top hospitals offer.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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