hospitals 35 percent of their income from NRI patients
Jalandhar, a major draw for childless NRIs
JALANDHAR, February 19 2008
For a large number of childless non-resident Indian couples,
Jalandhar city in Punjab is a place where they have found
the biggest joy of their lives--a child.
Many childless non-resident Indian (NRI) couples visit
Jalandhar exclusively for test tube babies. The major draw
to this specific city is the inexpensive medical cost in
comparison to hospitals abroad.
In foreign, it costs about one to one-and-a-half million
rupees whereas it costs just rupees 100,000 to 150,000 in
"I have come here because it is a lot cheaper and
people are more understanding about our feelings of how
we feel as childless couples. There are a lot of medicines,
which we don't get provided in England to pick the insides
All they give you are medicines. But here the hospitals
provide you with facilities which are very good," said
Neelam, one of the NRIs from United Kingdom.
There are a number of hospitals in Jalandhar, equipped
with such facilities, which draw 35 percent of their income
from NRI patients. These hospitals receive a total of around
250 patients per year for test tube babies of which over
100 are NRIs.
"We have so far managed to provide 9,000 to 10,000
couples with children through (invitro fertilization technique)
test tube baby technique during the past 15 years.
With the efforts of our dedicated team comprising endoscopic
surgeons and our central group, we have been able to make
our mark in foreign countries like America, Canada, UK,
Germany, Holland, Australia and New Zealand besides India,"
said Dr S P S Virk, Managing Director of Virk Hospital.
Moreover, finding surrogate mothers is also easy here.
Abroad, it takes years to locate one. NRI patients prefer
India to any other country for test tube babies as not only
does it reduces their expenditure but also provides them
an opportunity to spend some time in India with their relatives.