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alexvisentin Sep 8th, 2015 22:24

mri in delhi
 
Hello,i need an mri scan(skull) and are wondering where i can have it done in delhi and how much(more or less)it will cost.In the uk it's about 300,unless i go with the nhs(free but a long wait) but dont have much time to wait as i will be in delhi at the beginning of october,thank you.

NonIndianResident Sep 8th, 2015 23:15

I just got some other tests done at Apollo Hospital in Delhi. These tests cost a fraction of what they would have in the US. It seems that Apollo serves quite a few foreigners.

http://www.apollohospdelhi.com/

Dilliwala Sep 9th, 2015 00:44

Mahajan Imaging is well known and they have many centres. Look for one near your place of stay. You'll need an appointment.

http://www.mahajanimaging.com/contact.html

alexvisentin Sep 9th, 2015 13:14

thank you for your help.Will contact those 2 centres straight away once in delhi.

Dilliwala Sep 9th, 2015 13:27

There are plenty others :). Apollo would be one of the more expensive places in fact. Mahajan isn't the cheapest either. There are hospitals that are cheaper but it all depends on where you'll be staying.

vaibhav_arora Sep 9th, 2015 13:30

I agree with DW. Go for a reasonable place close to where you're staying. There're plenty of hospitals (large, corporate as well as government ones) in Delhi and most are well suited to cater to foreigners. Some even have a language desk!

A Max, Fortis, Apollo or Medanta (if you can afford last one), would be fine.

ETA: The charge should be between 5000-7000 INR (or 50 to 70 GBP equivalent) depending on the Tesla strength of the machine. We had used Max Saket - it's a bit upmarket but no need to bother if the location doesn't work.

Dilliwala Sep 9th, 2015 14:00

How is an MRI for a foreigner different to an MRI for a desi? :confused: Different machines?

vaibhav_arora Sep 9th, 2015 14:33

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Originally Posted by Dilliwala (Post 1910651)
How is an MRI for a foreigner different to an MRI for a desi? :confused: Different machines?

Please read this part of my post again -

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora (Post 1910644)
There're plenty of hospitals (large, corporate as well as government ones) in Delhi and most are well suited to cater to foreigners. Some even have a language desk!

in case the OP needs services such as a language desk / money transfer assistance, etc.

NonIndianResident Sep 9th, 2015 14:57

When I was at Apollo for tests, I saw an Indian staff member translating into Russian (I think) for at least two different groups, one white, one Central Asian.

I'll happily spend Rs 2700 for the women's health check at Apollo -- blood pressure, blood test, stool test, urine test, mammogram, pap smear, abdominal and breast ultrasound, chest x-ray, and physical exam -- and it seems well worth it. Each one of these tests would cost at least Rs 2700 in the US. If a problem is found, I may or may not stay with Apollo. But I'll cross that bridge if and when I get to it!

alexvisentin Sep 9th, 2015 15:20

The apollo hospital seems conveniently located, i might stay in south delhi for a change.I can adapt easily.I prefer to see the hospital structure first, then will book the test.Price (50/70) seems reasonable ,if they book me within the week i will stay in delhi, otherwise will go to almora and back for the appointment.Thank you all again

Nick-H Sep 9th, 2015 16:52

Check out one or more of the names that residents have given you.

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Originally Posted by Dilliwala (Post 1910651)
How is an MRI for a foreigner different to an MRI for a desi? :confused: Different machines?

Different market! :naughty:

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Originally Posted by NonIndianResident
When I was at Apollo for tests, I saw an Indian staff member translating into Russian (I think) for at least two different groups, one white, one Central Asian.

And VIP rooms, five-star-hotel luxury, to admit them to. I'm not knocking it: if people can afford this kind of stuff, it is a very valid market. In fact, compared with health costs in some countries, it is not just the corporates/etc that go for this sort of thing.

alexvisentin, while you are at it, you might consider one of the full health check-up packages. You won't easily get something like that from the NHS!

From my limited experience, you can't just walk into a hospital or lab and ask fro an MRI/CAT/ETC scan of a given part of your body: they need to know what your doctor is looking for and will tailor the scan accordingly. Either bring a note from your UK doc, or take a preliminary appointment with a specialist here. Don't worry: that will only add a few hundred Rupees to your bill.

As an English speaker, I doubt that you would have any language problem, even in the smaller labs or hospitals.

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,if they book me within the week
You can probably find same-day, if not walk-in

alexvisentin Sep 9th, 2015 21:09

Thanks for the information, Nick.I thought about the full health package.Will see what they offer in Delhi.I do have a referral from an ENT specialist (private, as I live in the UK)whom I visited days ago here in Italy, where I am visiting some relatives.Only thing it's in italian.I might follow your advice and book an appointment with a doctor in Delhi first.Thanks

Nick-H Sep 10th, 2015 00:31

All the best for your trip and your scan.

It wouldn't be a problem here, and Delhi is an even bigger city!

Dilliwala Sep 10th, 2015 01:20

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Originally Posted by Nick-H (Post 1910723)
Different market! :naughty:

This will interest you, and others - one of the hospitals I can recommend (but haven't yet, I'll wait to know where alex will stay first) actually practices differential pricing for almost everything under their roof (I just found this out today from their website). It's not nationality-based though, it's pocket-based. E.g. for out-patients - those who see doctors in the 'General' OPD (i.e. those who can't pay more than Rs. 100 per visit and are prepared to wait upto 2 hours for their turn) pay a little less for tests/xrays/scans than those who can afford the 'Private' OPD (Rs. 600 per visit). The thumb rule is 10% differential but it varies depending on the service/procedure. The differential can be as little as Rs. 10 and as much as Rs. 3800. Same goes for in-patients, there it's according to the bed category.

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From my limited experience, you can't just walk into a hospital or lab and ask fro an MRI/CAT/ETC scan of a given part of your body: they need to know what your doctor is looking for and will tailor the scan accordingly. Either bring a note from your UK doc, or take a preliminary appointment with a specialist here. Don't worry: that will only add a few hundred Rupees to your bill.
In fact for blood tests etc one can usually just walk into a diagnostics lab without a doctor's prescription so long as you're sure of what you want, they'll just write 'Self'' in the Referred By space. But you're right that for MRIs and CTs one has to be very specific. alex mentions Skull, I can find no such category. What I can find is Brain, which has 15 different types of MRI.

Nick-H Sep 10th, 2015 03:00

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Originally Posted by Dilliwala (Post 1910812)
This will interest you, and others - one of the hospitals I can recommend (but haven't yet, I'll wait to know where alex will stay first) actually practices differential pricing for almost everything under their roof (I just found this out today from their website). It's not nationality-based though, it's pocket-based.

That's the sort of differential pricing I can ---and do--- say yes to :D

I know that the doctor that I have been to for inoculations (actually a child specialist) does it. Those if us that can pay get put in a different waiting room.

I suspect that my bone/joint doc does it, and hey, he only charges me Rs100 a visit! No separate waiting room there, though: I take my turn in with the people from the fishing village.

My general doc-with-small-hospital, too, has patients from a range of economic sectors. The posh people wouldn't go there, but that still leaves plenty of us that can afford a couple of hundred, and perhaps a few that can't.


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