The decrease in the pricing of the stents used in angioplasty surgeries has come as a big relief to patients requiring this heart surgery. In a welcoming move National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed the ceiling prices for coronary stents which will make angioplasty procedure more affordable for patients in India.
A Drug Eluting Stent which has been costing between INR 40,000-1.9 lakh is now capped at INR 29,600. While a Bare Metal Stent, as per new order will now cost INR 7,260, in contrast to previous INR 30,000-75,000. The given prices are exclusive of value added tax (VAT).
The decrease in prices will not only make the heart surgery cheaper by about 85% for the patients but will also keep a check on unethical practices linked to selling and marketing of heart stents from the manufacturers, distributors, and hospitals. The NPPA step will also help in level playing field for the Indian stent manufacturers with foreign manufacturers.
Hospitals have been ordered to separately mention the cost of the coronary stent along with its brand name, name of the manufacturer/importer/batch number and other details, if any, in their billing to the patients. As per the Drug Price Control Order 2013, hospitals are also required to display the prices in the hospital premises.
A policy welcomed by the health industry and seen as in larger public interest, the concern prevails for the patients who want to opt for more advanced, sophisticated stents. These stents are expensive and due to the cap in the pricing, they might not be available in the market. Dr. Naresh Trehan, a renowned cardiac surgeon and Chairman of Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon in an interview to CNBC-TV18 welcomed the price slash, but felt the policy doesn’t address issues of pricing of advanced stents and those in already in inventory.
The coronary stents market is India is estimated to be US$ 531 million. In over a decade India has witnessed a spurt in the cases of coronary heart diseases, which require stenting in the heart.
It is yet to be seen how the government along with price regulation on stent will not allow compromise on the quality of the angioplasty procedure and stents. Also, it should take steps towards availability of advanced specialized stents for the patients who require them.
Need medical assistance?
Foreign nationals seeking a medical treatment in India would require a Medical Visa. For this a Medical Visa Invitation Letter with conformation of acceptacnce from a reputed recognized hospital in India is essential. A medical visa for treatment in India is given for a number of diseases and treatments such as cancer, brain & neuro surgeries, spinal surgeries, heart surgeries, knee or hip replacements, renal disorders, congenital diseases, plastic surgery, organ transplants (kidney, liver, heart etc.), stem cell therapy, gene therapy, ophthalmic disorders etc.
Before applying for a medical visa, it is necessary that you seek the initial medical consultation/guidance in your own country and take local doctor’s recommendation for treatment abroad.
Who can accompany patient?
Maximum two attendants who are in blood relation can accompany the patient to India for the treatment. A Medical Attendant Visa is of same duration as the patient’s Medical Visa.
Validity of Medical Visa
The initial validity of a Medical visa is for a year or a time period of the treatment, whichever is less. The visa permits maximum three entries in the country within a year.
Extension of Medical Visa
The medical visa can be extended on medical grounds, which should be duly certified by the treatment hospital. The hospital should be a government recognized private hospital or a government hospital.
The government of India has provision for visa-on-arrival system for few selected countries. Under this foreign nationals can stay in India for 30 days for medical procedures.
Step-by-step for how to initiate for the treatment in India
1. Discuss your Medical Condition & get treatment plan
You can initiate the process by filling the contact form below this page. Please share all the medical reports of the patient and provide your valid contact number. On receipt of the same, we will discuss your case with medical team and recommend you the best hospital and specialist for treatment. Thereafter, we will also share the treatment plan, approximate cost, and duration of the treatment stay in India.
2. Medical Invitation letter from the hospital
Once you decide on the hospital, you will send us the copy of patient & attendant’s passports. We will then issue you the Visa Invitation Letter from the finalized hospital. You can then go ahead and apply for medical visa. For visa application, you will need to show that a reputed hospital has agreed to treat the patient and you need to provide a reference. We will help you in the process.
3. Apply for the Medical Visa in the Indian embassy
Next, submit the Medical Invitation Letter along with other documents in the Indian Embassy of your country to get the medical visa. You can fill the form online first and then submit to the embassy/consulate in print.
For details visit: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
4. Book your tickets to India
When you get the visas, plan your travel and book tickets to India on the required date. In most airlines it is mandatory to carry a Fit-to-Fly certificate from your doctor, if you are traveling on medical visa. Check with your airlines beforehand for the same.
5. In India, get registered at FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration offices).
In India, within 14 days of arrival, it is necessary for foreign patients and attendants to register themselves with the concerned FRROs/FROs (Foreign Regional Registration offices). FRRO is a primary agency in the country to regulate the movement, stay, departure, and extension of the visa (if required).
FRRO registration requires the following documents to be submitted – Patient and attendants passport and visa copies, four passport size photographs of each, and Yellow card copy (applicable for Kenya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, Nigeria and Somalia). The hospital will assist you in filling the FRRO form and completing formalities.
For details visit: https://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/
6. Your treatment begins in India
In most of the cases the medical treatment process begins as soon as you reach the hospital. Alongside, the hospital assists you in completing other formalities such as FRRO, hospital admission, etc.
Documents required at airport when you leave India
After successfully completing the treatment, while you leave the country, some documents are mandatory to carry for the airport formalities. These are fit-to-fly certificate, FRRO registration copy, permission to carry medicines, and hospital discharge summary.
Be assured, MedGurus team will be always there to provide free assistance in the process!
India is witnessing a growing trend of ‘virgin’ restoring surgeries such as vaginoplasty and hymenoplasty. The procedures associated with virginity are chosen by women especially after childbirth or who are about to get married.
Vaginoplasty also known as ‘vaginal rejuvenation’ tightens the vagina through surgery while hymenoplasty repairs or restructure the hymen membrane. Conventionally hymen membrane is associated with virginity. But hymen can also rupture due to sports activities, exercise, running or dancing. The procedures take about an hour to perform and it takes over a month for complete healing.
More due to social reasons, the rising popularity of genital cosmetic surgeries is evident. But doctors caution women here. They should not opt for such sensitive surgeries unless very necessary. Also, it should only be done by a trained and qualified plastic surgeon who is authorized to perform such procedures.
Of late it has been found even practicing gynecologists and uro-gynecologists in India also doing such surgeries. They are offering women the option of improving their genitals aesthetically or restoring their hymen at package costs.
The genital cosmetic procedures require counseling and the expectations should be realistic and not hyped. Such surgeries come with their share of risks. So be careful in selecting the right cosmetic and plastic hospital and surgeon before undergoing the procedure.