India-based hospital chain Narayana Hrudayalaya plans to set up a health city in Mexico that will also cater to patients from the United States.
Devi Shetty, chairman of the Narayana Hrudayalaya group of hospitals, said: ”Our next project will be a health city in Mexico. We may tie up with some American hospitals for this project. The health city in Mexico will be a 3,000- to 5,000-bed facility and we are looking for joint ventures. We foresee healthcare delivery problems in the US. They also have problems in undertaking a 20-hour journey to India for heart and other surgeries. As Mexico is closer to America, they will find it easy to undergo treatment there."
The government of Mexico has asked the group to set up a large health facility. The health city will be built either in the capital Mexico City or in Guadalajara, the country’s second largest city. The proposed health city will cater to the requirements of patients from the US. The group is reportedly in talks with the US-based Sutter Health for the project.
The chain of hospitals has already built one of the world's biggest cardiac hospitals in Bangalore. It currently has the Asia Heart Foundation in Kolkata, R C Agarwal Memorial Hospital in Tinsukia, and the Sparsh Hospital in Bangalore. Over the next five years, it is expanding its operations to six other Indian cities, including a multispecialty hospital with research facilities in Hyderabad.