Slovenia can be a health hub, Dr Devi Shetty tells its PM

Slovenia can be a health hub, Dr Devi Shetty tells its PM

premier visit: Narayana Hrudayalaya CEO Dr Devi Shetty and Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor during his visit to  the hospital in Bangalore on Thursday. dh Photo

The Slovenian prime minister and his team of ministers and delegates, on Thursday, visited Narayana Hrudayalaya and took a look at the health infrastructure developed by the prominent health chain that figured on the cover page of the “Wall Street Journal” some time ago.

Dr Shetty made a special presentation of the investments the hospital chain has made in different parts of India, and said the “ideally located” Slovenia had the potential to emerge as the health capital of Europe, an opportunity the East European nation should seize.
The eminent doctor said the cost of health services in Europe would not come down, but instead rise further.

Citing an example, he said the US spent 17 per cent of its GDP on health, but nearly 40 million of its people had no health insurance cover. In the given situation, “health is the best industry for Slovenia to invest in,” said Dr Shetty.

Slovenian Prime Minister Pahor hailed Dr Shetty as a “man of vision with incredible achievements.”

He said facilities such as those at Narayana Hrudayalaya coming up in India was unbelievable, “but people like Dr Shetty are making a difference”.

Pahor said he would consider Shetty’s suggestions for Slovenia, though he did mention the impediments he may face in allowing multinational hospital chains in his country.

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