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Affordable healthcare for Needy

The problem of affordable healthcare…

In India, healthcare resources are heavily urban biased with 80% of doctors and 60% of hospitals located in cities and towns. Government has set up health centres in rural areas but their services are of uneven quality due to lack of proper infrastructure and qualified medical staff. Similarly, although high-quality treatment is available in private hospitals in cities, urban poor are unable to afford the high costs.

Innovative affordable healthcare solutions…

People in villages as well as urban poor need best health outcome at lowest cost. Use of technology can bring better healthcare to India’s most vulnerable people. For instance, health technicians (acting as proxies for doctors) can provide audio and video connect between patients in villages or urban areas and doctors who are remotely located. These and other affordable services are outlined in ‘Resources’ below.

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'Axiostat' Bandage that Stops Bleeding Instantly

'Axiostat' is a sterile, single use, non-absorbable dressing which when pressed to a wound stops bleeding within minutes. The wound could be due to cuts, abrasions, lacerations, venous or arterial bleeding.

Axio Biosolutions, #541, 5th main, 16th cross, Indiranagar 2nd stage, Bangalor 560038

080-4094 7972

'Jaipur Foot' Prosthetic Foot & Limb

Jaipur Foot is an affordable option for people who have lost their leg. It comprises an artificial leg made out of high-density polyethylene pipe with a plastic knee joint, which is connected to a prosthetic foot made out of wood and sponge rubber.The flexible design allows the wearer to squat, climb, run, ride a bicycle, and navigate uneven dirt roads.

22 Branches all over India. Head office: Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, 13A, Gurunanak Path, Main Malviya Nagar, Jaipur 302017

0141-252 0485 / 2406 / 3103, 093145 66665

'Jan Aushadi' Stores

These stores, opened under a scheme of govt of India, provide unbranded but quality generic medicines at prices which are one-fifth of the prices for equivalent branded medicines. Over 400 medicines used to treat cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, tuberculosis are stocked by these stores. Please ensure that the doctor writes in the prescription the generic names of the drugs and not brand names of the drugs.

1800-180-8080, 0124-455 6750

Jan Aushadi store locations

'Mircam' by Cardiac Design Labs

This is a low-cost wearable cardiac monitor which aids initial diagnosis and sends alerts to doctors. People in rural areas go to smaller hospitals which do not have capacity to do diagnosis. This monitor will help overcome that lacuna.

#184/2, Whitefield Main Road, Bangalore 560066

080-2845 0523, 4920 2370

'mMitra' by Armman

This is a free voice call service for pregnant women. The voice call will guide the woman through the pregnancy (until the baby turns one) and provides crucial information on tackling child birth safely. The calls are sent weekly or twice-a-week directly to pregnant women and mothers with infants in their chosen language and time-slot.

Mumbai: 022-6166 8948, Delhi: 011-4170 8365

Web Page

'NTR Vaidya Seva' Scheme

This medical insurance scheme is for 'Below Poverty Line' (BPL) households in AP. Under the scheme, all members of the BPL household can avail of free medical treatment upto an amount of Rs 2.50 Lakhs (on floater basis) and a total of 1044 diseases are covered.

Web Page

'Swasth Bharat' app

This app by National Health Portal is for prevention & awareness of non-communicable diseases. The app provides detailed information regarding healthy lifestyle, disease conditions (A-Z), symptoms, treatment options, first aid and public health alerts.

Link to download app on Android mobile

3nethra, A Device to Detect Common Eye Problems

3nethra can detect 5 common eye problems in a single screening and therefore is the solution for millions of people, who are unable to access ophthalmic care due to cost or accessibility. It is a compact, portable & affordable unit which can be operated by a minimally trained person. It is connected to a Windows computer and stores data on the cloud.

Forus Health Pvt.Ltd, 2234, 23rd Cross, Banashankari 2nd stage, Bengaluru 560070

080-4162 4042

Breast Cancer Screening Device by Niramai

This is a non-invasive, non-touch, non-radiation method to detect breast cancer. This involves a high resolution thermal sensing device and artificial intelligence based software for analysing the thermal images. This is a low cost, easy to use, portable solution and requires minimal human supervision. It can detect cancer at a much earlier stage than traditional diagnostic methods and self-examination and can therefore improve survival rates.

Geetha Manjunath

CareMother app by CareNX

During pregnancy period, women in villages need effective antenatal care and healthcare. Through CareMother app, these women can access medication, doctor and counsellor services. The women can also listen to their babies' heartbeats. Through various inputs, high-risk pregnancies can be identified in time.

CM-05, SINE, 3rd Floor, CSRE Building, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076.

098904 00394


Villagers can get their basic health check-up at their doorstep. Chikitsak is a health worker who has a kit with 9 devices, an Android tablet and a printer. For a low cost of Rs 50, he health worker captures your Height, Weight, BMI, Heart Rate, ECG, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Oxygen Saturation and tests for your Vision. The test results are available as print, SMS and in the form of electronic records which can be retrieved at any time.

A-42, Diamond District, Old Airport Road, Kodihalli, Bangalore 560008

099860 98440

Connected ECG Devices by Tricog Health

It is crucial that heart attacks are detected by within shortest time by ECG, but most primary care clinics do not have ECG machines and neither are primary care doctors sufficiently trained in ECG interpretation. To overcome these, Tricog leases ECG machines at a low monthly cost. Immediately after an ECG test, the report is sent to a team of 16 doctors who respond with diagnosis via SMS and mobile app,

94 H 9th Cross, Raj Mahal Vilas Extension, Bangalore 560080

080-3951 3939

Dialysis Centres for Poor in AP

Rural poor in Andhra Pradesh can visit district hospitals for dialysis at an affordable low price. The AP Govt has tied up with NephroPlus who have set up such centres at each of the 13 district hospital in the state.

Map showing AP districts


Drsihti provides affordable eye care in semi-urban and rural markets. Drishti sets up one hospital with surgical facilities in a district. Vision centers supported over tele-medicine are setup in smaller towns of the district. A custom designed mobile vision center is used to cover villages.Consultations, prescription glasses and cataract surgeries are available at highly affordable prices.

Hamdulay Heart Foundation

This is Mumbai’s only charitable trust dedicated to serving the underprivileged cardiac patients. They carry our Angiography, Angioplasty and Bypass Surgery at highly affordable prices of Rs 700, Rs 1.00 Lakh and Rs 1.50 Lakh respectively. These procedures are carried out at Habib Hospital in Dongi and Medicare Hospital at Goregaon (West).

022-2300 2211, 2306 7861, 098208 31841


HealthSetu provides rich healthcare information in easy to understand Hindi, Hinglish and regional languages. language, developed especially for patients, researchers and individuals. Through the chat feature, a patient living in rural areas can chat with reliable doctors based in metro cities and get his queries answered.

098803 90700

Karma Healthcare

They have connected primary healthcare centres in Rajastan. When a patient walks into a centre, he is remotely diagnosed by a team of doctors from Karma's base in Udaipur. In case of major illness the patient can travel to Udaipur to meet the doctor in person.

670,Sector 11, Hiran Magri, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Jagdeep Gambhir

077278 66100

L V Prasad Eye Institutes

The hospitals located at Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam offer high quality eye-care to economically disadvantaged groups in rural and urban areas.

040-3989 2020, 3061 2100, 093475 73377

Life Saving Dot

Millions of tribal women in rural India do not consume iodised salt and the iodine-deficiency causes breast cancer and complications during pregnancy. 'Life Saving Dot' is an iodine patch, designed like a regular bindi, when stuck on forehead delivers the daily required amount of iodine 100-150 mg to the body by absorption through the skin. 1 bindi per day would suffice. Being supplied for free in parts of Maharashtra.

Neelvasant Medical Foundation & Research Centre, Gautam, New Pandit Colony, Opp. Lions Garden, Sharanpur Road, Nashik 422002

0253-257 7717, 257 6481, 094227 70826

LifeSpring Hospitals Private Ltd. (12 Hospitals in Telangana & AP)

LifeSpring is a chain of maternity hospitals that provides high quality health care to lower-income women and children in India, at affordable rates. Their model is small hospitals of 20-25 beds each.

040-3314 7700

Mahatma Phule Janaarogya Yojana - formerly 'Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana' (RGJAY)

This scheme of Maharashtra Government is for below-the-poverty-line (BPL) yellow ration card holding families and above-the-poverty-line (APL) orange ration card holding families, living in any district of Maharashtra. Free access to medical care in government empanelled hospitals is provided for all types of diseases, surgeries and therapies costing up to Rs.1,50,000 per family per year and Rs.2,50,000 per family per year for kidney transplant.

155 388 or 1800-233-2200

Max India Foundation's Initiatives in Delhi

The Foundation initiatives concern helathcare to undeprivileged people and especilaly underprivileged children. The initiatives are (a) Prosthetics and polio calipers for the needy (b) Palliative care for cancer victims (c) Health centres for treatment of the underprivileged (d) Healthcare camps for screening and detection of heart disease

011-2693 3601 (12 Lines), 4259 8000


They have a clinic in Pune and a team of doctors who are accessible to people in rural areas through a mobile app. Olito is signing on paramediac and pharmacisits in rural areas who can connect patients to the doctots through the app. Presently service is available in Maharashtar only.

Manikchand Galleria, Gokhale Road, Model Colony, Shivajinagar, Near Deep Bunglow Chowk, Pune 411016

Rajesh Kumar Singh

020-2566 1021 / 1022 / 1222

Quadio Labs Pvt Limited

401, Green Terrace, Lane No. 5, South Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune 411001

Neeraj Dotel


Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (RSSY)

Under RSSY a BPL family receives a smart-card is entitles to a hospitalization coverage up to Rs. 30,000/- per annum per family, for most of the diseases that require hospitalization. Pre-existing conditions are covered and there is no age limit. The coverage is for a maximum of 5 members of the family which includes the head of household, spouse and up to three dependents. The family has to pay a one-time fee of Rs 30 to register in the scheme. Beneficiary gets cashless treatment in any of the empanelled hospitals, on presenting the smart-card.

Sevamob Primary Healthcare Service at Lucknow, Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, Jaipur, Hubli, Bangalore

Sevamob offers affordable health care services. to low-income communities with limited access to traditional medical care. Customers are offered preventive care and regular checkups delivered to their doorstep, for a monthly subscription fee of Rs 100. This care is delivered by mobile clinics supported by a network of specialists and hospitals.


Share India (Society for Health Allied Research & Education India)

Their world-class medical centre covers 80 villages in the two mandals near Hyderabad (Medchal and Shameerpet) and provide excellent healthcare to the needy.

MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences Campus, Ghanpur Village, Medchal Mandal, Ranga Reddy Dist., Hyderabad 501401

099858 20831

Shushrusha Hospital, Mumbai

This is India's only hospital in co-operative sector and offers medical facilities at affordable prices. To avail the hospital's services, any resident of Mumbai and Thane districts has to become a member shareholder by paying Rs 10,000. Members are entitled to a concessional tariff in OPD consultation, indoor treatment and other diagnostic services.

698-B, Ranade Road, Dadar (W), Mumbai 400028

022-2444 9161 / 62 / 63 / 64


Their mission is to help blind people to see, prevent others from going blind unnecessarily and support people to live independently if their sight loss can’t be undone. To fulfill this mission, they focus on urban as well as rural poor and carry out screening for eye-health related issues, provide free spectacles or contact lenses, conduct cataract surgeries etc.

45, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, New Delhi 110020.

022-2882 0808, 011-6595 5511 / 33

Swasth Health Centres at 18 Locations in Mumbai

This is a social enterprise working towards improving the health of low-income segments in urban and rural India. Swasth Health Centres are located in low income housing areas (e.g. slums). At these 15 sq ft centres primary care is offered consisting off doctor consultation, diagnostics and testing, treatment, drugs, consumables and day-care. These services will cost at least 50% less than market prices.

022-6671 2705

Uplift Mutuals

If you are a co-operative or a self-help group of low-income people, you may approach Uplift Mutuals who will design a health micro insurance system in which there is low premium, no age based pricing, one price for all, no age entry bar, coverage exclusions as decided by the community etc. This system is implemented by a preferred provider network, a 24X7 helpline managed by doctors for emergency and normal guidance, a referral system, a dedicated out-patient service etc.

Flat No 4 Yashashri Apartments, Mayur Colony, Karve Nagar Pune 411038

093723 48558

Vaatsalya Hospitals at 9 Locations in Karnataka & AP

Vaatsalya provides inexpensive medical care to rural and semi-urban communities. Each of their hospitals is well-equipped and has 50-70 beds.


VisionSpring, operational in Rajastan, Haryana, AP, Delhi and UP.

Provide affordable eye care to underprivileged people living in rural and urban areas. Their mission is screening eyes and providing glasses at subsidised prices. This mission is achieved by VisionSpring through their Vision Entrepreneurs, partnering with like-minded organisations and partnering with eye hospitals.

011-4725 2291 to 98

Yolo Health

The company provides health screening kiosks for rural areas. These kiosks have integrated medical devices and are staffed by a medical attendant. Villager walks-in to get a quick preventive health checkup or to video consult with reputed healthcare providers.

022-6523 7999

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