Hospitals eye 'halal' certification to attract patients from Middle East

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  1. ajtr

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    Hospitals eye 'halal' certification to attract patients from Middle East

    CHENNAI: There are two things that worry almost every patient from Islamic countries who come to Indian hospitals: the meat they eat and the direction of Mecca. With more than 75% of the medical tourists being from the Middle East, hospitals are eyeing 'halal' certification to make them feel at home.


    On Monday, Chennai-based Global Health City said it has became the first in the country to receive the 'halal' certification from the Halal Development Authority. The certification would mean they get 'halal' meat in food and have 'quiblah' (the direction of Mecca) signs in every room and prayer hall. Muslims offer prayers facing 'quiblah.'

    At least five leading hospital groups in the country including Apollo Hospitals and Fortis are in talks with the authority, said Halal India general manager Mohamed Noman Lateef. In Chennai, Mehta Hospitals and Lifeline Hospitals have also sent applications for the certification.

    Halal India, is an independent Halal Certification body which is recognised by the Indian government and deals with certification of food, cosmetics and drugs as per the Shariah law. Halal is anything that is legal or lawful for Muslims. In terms of meat, halal applies to the kind of meat (pork is banned), their health condition and the way they are killed. The butcher must make a recitation to God and cut the jugular vein, carotid artery and the windpipe with a sharp knife. The animal can't be stunned before it is killed.

    To ensure the meat used in the Global hospital's kitchen is 'halal,' officials from Halal India visited the slaughter house from where the meat is purchased. "It's not just about food or prayer hall, it's about lifestyle. For any Muslim it is important that any business performed in their daily lives is clean, hygienic and not detrimental to either their health or wellbeing as specified in the religious text. In that sense, it is a new benchmark for quality," said Halal India business development manager Sheetal Bajaj.

    Hospital chairman Dr K Ravindranath said Halal certification was a form of approval that boosts patients' confidence. "To earn the certification, Global Health City had to meet strict Islamic guidelines dealing with hygiene and dietary regulations of global standards." The hospital's international business vice-president M Zakariah Ahmed said after Joint Commission International (JCI) this would be one of the biggest certification process hospitals in the country are aiming for.

    Every room will also have a sticker that gives the exact direction of Mecca. "I tell every patient the food is halal. But I feel they would be happy to see the certification," said Global Hospital's international patients executive Vireesh Singh. "We tell them that we make public announcements for prayer and ensure that we give women a separate place during prayer," he said.

    Transplant surgeon Dr Madhu Shankar agrees. "People from the Middle East have a different culture. We don't enter the female patient's room without their permission. A female nurse will walk in first and seek permission for a male doctor's entry," he said.
     
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  3. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    this practice must be made made mandatory by Indian govt for all pvt run and govt. hospitals by passing law as there are 150 million muslims who are its citizens. and with muslim patients arriving from pakistan and bangladesh for treatment into india this law must be passed ASAP.
     
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    Son of Govinda Regular Member

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    :bplease:

    Don't sit there and dictate what India must do and when. India has far bigger problems to worry about when it comes to HC besides "is this hospital halal :("
     
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    Yeah sure. Anything else that we can do for you?

    You guys always seem to have a long list of things to demand from the world.
     
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    Mad Indian Proud Bigot Veteran Member Senior Member

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    Why should a Non-Muslim like me eat a halal Food. Its Not Acceptable.:denied:

    If you want , try eating Non-Halal food like us, the remaining 1.06Bn of the population:fyeah:
     
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    There is nothing wrong in this as long as it brings in the Fat Sheik's money into our system, legally.

    Even in Coimbatore I see so many middle easterners in various hospitals.. especially in Cancer,Heart and Eye treatment hospitals.
     
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    Mad Indian Proud Bigot Veteran Member Senior Member

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    Its not wrong as long as its not forced, like the suggestion our great veteran member suggested....

    Our Hostel food is Halal ;)
     
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    We are a free and secular nation and people are free to react to incentives. The above hospital did it out of free-will and many can and will follow suit. I wonder when would you guys learn that things can work without involving state and religion in basic matters of life and business!!
     
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    Thats nothing wrong i say but i am sure we have to charge them more for that service than for an Indian patient, like say if a Hospital converts some 30-50 room in their hospital as halal certified then the price of those room must be at least 75-100% higher than that of non-halal certified room and food :)

    We are really concerned of their health and we do feel they have to feel like home but that comes with an price :)

    Let us get back some money spent on OIL back from them this way :p
     
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    for business customer comes first.
    provide them what they want ,charge for it.

    is our medical tourism from middle east that big?
     
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    I say our 95% Muslim brothers are happy that their forefathers stayed in Great India and hence been INDIANS than choosing a $h!t Puki land and being Taliban running and beating girls in A$$ for simple age problems. please dont try provoke us we know what to do with our country and for god sake first demand your govt to provide good hospitals in your country than demanding what we should do to improve ours.
     
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    Yes it is :)

    Here go through these links----Swamis to Surgeries
    INDIAN MEDICAL TOURISM TO TOUCH RS 9,500 CRORE BY 2015: ASSOCHAM

    India's medical tourism sector is expected to grow at an annual rate of 30 percent to become a Rs 9,500-crore industry by 2015 ..........

    India's medical tourism sector is expected to grow at an annual rate of 30 percent to become a Rs 9,500-crore industry by 2015 as foreign arrivals will increase to avail treatment at lower costs, industry body Assocham said.

    "The cost of surgery in India is one-tenth of what it is in the US and Western Europe and sometimes even lesser," the chamber said.

    Patients from other countries would make India a preferred choice for medical treatment because of cost and competitive factors, it added.

    In 2008, the size of the industry was estimated at Rs 1,500 crore and it would grow into a Rs 9,500 crore business by 2015, with an annual growth rate of 30 percent, it said.

    About 1.8 lakh foreigners visited India for treatment in the first eight and half months of the current fiscal and their number would increase by 22 percent to 25 percent in the coming years, it said.

    While a heart-valve replacement costs about 0.2 million dollar in the US, in India it can be done in 10,000 dollar, which also includes round-trip airfare and a vacation package, the industry body said.

    India provides world-class medical facilities with hospitals and specialised multi-specialty health centres providing their expertise in areas such as cosmetic surgery, dental care, heart surgeries and coronary bypass.
     
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    She is an Indian :dude:
     
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    Offering the 'halal' or 'kosher' option in our culinary system, be it medical centres, or tourist centres, will surely make India a more comfortable destination for Muslims and Jews.

    As long as it does not put a burden on the taxpeyrs, I am all up for it. Let the market find its point of equilibrium.
     

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