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Major hospital groups to invest in Gurgaon Medicity

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New Delhi , Nov. 1

ALL the major hospital groups such as Fortis Healthcare, Escorts Heart Institute and Apollo Hospitals are making huge investments in setting up super-speciality healthcare facilities in the country's first Medicity.

This healthcare facility in Gurgaon, Haryana is being set up on the lines of the Dubai Health City and is expected to be the largest facility in South Asia.

Speaking to Business Line, Mr Harpal Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Fortis Healthcare said, "We will be investing anything between Rs 800 crore and Rs 1,000 crore for setting up a world-class healthcare facility."

Fortis is planning to have two hospitals catering to the domestic and international patients, separate medical, dental and nursing colleges besides offering courses in technical areas and hospital management. Fortis will also set up a large facility for clinical research and pathology.

"We are looking at getting into outsourcing of pathology in a big way and will have two labs, one in Mumbai and the other in Delhi," Mr Singh added.

Meanwhile, the Escorts Group, which runs the Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre (EHIRC), has also committed itself to setting up a modern cardiac care centre. Addressing newspersons, Dr Naresh Trehan, Executive Director, EHIRC, said that the level of investment being put in would have to be decided.

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