When a 53-year-old Gurugram resident tested positive for Covid-19 in early November, her foremost concern was the availability of a hospital bed in case her symptoms worsened. The Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) has been facing a shortage of hospital beds for a while now. And with the Indian capital seeing a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases recently, the shortage has gotten all the more acute more acute BBC News Delhi's Covid cases spike as temperatures drop and pollution rises Read more .
Covid homecare can’t cover the home stretch in India
India’s $5.4 billion homecare industry has everything you’ll need for home isolation, but everything also comes with a price. Sometimes hidden
With upto 9,000 patients testing Covid-positive every day in Delhi, hospital beds are scarce. Many emergency cases slip through the cracks
Patients opting for private hospital homecare packages sometimes end up spending 10X in drugs and lab tests
State governments have partnered with established homecare companies to carry out home monitoring, but pricing isn’t transparent
The answer doesn’t lie in telemedicine and its regulation; without sound health infrastructure, the doctor-patient-hospital loop can’t be closed