Finding a reliable medical practitioner in anew cityis difficult and time consuming, especially for a traveler. So, we would like to share our experience at Fortis Hospital in Mohali, India and Orthopedics Department of the Government Multi Specialty Hospital(General Hospital) in Sector 16,Chandigarhwith you. The government hospital is within walking distance of Rose Garden, a popular attraction in the city. A cycle rickshaw ride will cost INR 15.00 (US $ 0.30, € 0.22 , £0.19) from the garden. Fortis is about one hour drive from the garden.
The government hospital was crowded like famous private hospital Fortis. Both the hospitals were clean, but swanky Fortis was cleaner and costlier than the government hospital.
We paid just INR 2.00 per person (US $ 0.04, € 0.03 , £ 0.03) for an outpatient registration card in the government hospital. The card, sold at the reception, is required to consult the doctor. The orthopedician, Dr. Shartendu Sharma, advised us to get a knee x-ray done. The hospital charged just INR 40.00 (US $ 0.81, € 0.59 , £0.51) for the x-ray and delivered the report within one hour. Isn’t dirt cheap? We were happy with prompt service of the x-ray department. The doctor gave us a patient hearing and explained the problem and treatment in a convincing manner.
Besides consultation fee of two rupees, patients have to pay extra for x-ray, CT scan, surgery and / or any other procedure if required after a preliminary examination as we did. The government hospital also has a canteen that serves limited set meals for just INR 15.00 per person (US $ 0.30, € 0.22 , £0.19). It is dirt cheap given the high inflation. We tried the set meal consisting of kardi (a side dish of sour curds and gram flour seasoned with onion, tomato, green chili and other spices), rice, two tandoori chapattis (Indian bread) and aloo mutter ki sabji (potato and peas curry). The food was good to taste and stomach filling. The hospital also has a 24-hour emergency care unit.