one woman show
Neil Barua discovers how one woman's mission to make health care available to all in India has been met with both praise and criticism
The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital evolved from one woman's aspiration to make the best health care available to all people of India--including the poorest people. The woman is Mata Amritanandamayi, or Amma, as she is affectionately known. She is a spiritual leader with a huge following both in India and throughout the world.
I spent five weeks in the paediatric cardiology department of the hospital in Kerala, southern India, and discovered how one woman's dream became a reality--namely, a superspecialty hospital where the poorest people receive world class care without charge.
When a patient comes to the hospital, a team of accountants makes a detailed assessment of the family's financial situation and ability to contribute to the cost of the patient's treatment. For the poorest patients, everything from a chest x ray to complex cardiac surgery is free of charge. More affluent patients are asked to pay according