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Srikon Healthcare brings back concept of family doctor to Hyderabad

A Raju, Hyderabad
Monday, April 2, 2012, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Bringing back the concept of family doctor, Srikon Healthcare services limited had launched a unique and first of its kind “Family Physician” programme here in Hyderabad.

Rechristening the tradition of appointing family physicians the new healthcare service concept is likely to provide a more comfortable, secure and continued healthcare service right at the doorsteps to the patients.

Explaining about the concept Dr Subrahmanyam Nanduri, chairman, Srikon said, “A family physician is the one who knows an individual’s health history, and reduces confusion during acute medical emergencies. Healing is not just about treatment but also human attachments, which is why family doctors were preferred a few decades ago. Today, doctors do not have adequate time for each patient. So, the family physician concept is again gaining steam.”

The main aim of the new concept is to develop and foster physicians and healthcare to provide best medical care to the targeted patients. The firm is targeting to serve families above the age group of 30 years and below 65 years.

With the growth of multiple specialities and an increasing number of care providers, options often leave the patients confused. In such a situation a family doctor can assess better the patient’s clinical, psychological and social situation. The family doctors can also counsel them about their medical condition, suggests various care options and refer to appropriate specialties in the existing hospitals.

In the recent times, the modern life styles have increased the stress burden on minds of the people. According to a study done by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, around 50 per cent of the employees in India are under stress, 20 per cent suffer from depression and 30 per cent have problems such as addictions and marital discord.

India is expected to have the largest cardiovascular disease burden in the world by 2020 between the age group of 30 and 69 years, reflecting its loss in terms of losing potentially productive years.

Stressing up on the need for a family doctor, Dr Nanduri said, “Lifestyle diseases, including obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart attacks, are growing and even affecting youngsters at an early age. In this case, a family doctor will play an important role.”

Srikon Healthcare has in-house doctors, who will be individually assigned for specific patients. Families can avail the service with an annual subscription package of Rs.8,000-Rs.10,000. Interested members can visit the website www.srikon.com to enrol for the service.

Initially the firm is operating its services from Hyderabad and in the next two to three years it is also planning to launch in Vizag and other parts of the state based on the demand and response.


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Dr Sumit Ghoshal Apr 2, 2012 1:25 PM
Srikon is not the only one. Healthspring in Mumbai and Pathfinders India (based in Delhi) have opened with a nearly identical concept.
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