Healthcare Scenario of Chennai

Healthcare Scenario of Chennai

Are you planning to build or restructure or venture in any healthcare venture in Chennai? Looking for information about the major healthcare players in government, private diagnostic centers that are available in Chennai? Are you looking to find out which part of the of the city’s is best to venture in or what all facilities are available and what all should be planned for new setup? In this article Hospaccx Healthcare Consultancy has mapped all on major players in terms of medical facilities and healthcare scenario in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India.

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The City:

Chennai, formerly known as Madras is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centers in South India. The city together with the adjoining regions constitutes the Chennai Metropolitan Area. Chennai is among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It was ranked 43rd most visited city in the world for the year 2015. Chennai attracts 45 percent of health tourists visiting India, and 30 to 40 percent of domestic health tourists. As such, it is termed “India’s health capital”.

Well-Known for:

  • Beaches- Marina Beach, Elliot’s Beach.
  • Museums- Government Museum, Egmore, Chennai Rail Museum, Birla Planetarium.
  • Historical Monuments- Vivekanandar Illam, Valluvar Kottam.
  • Historic Government Buildings- Fort St George, Ripon Building, Victoria Public Hall.
  • Wildlife- Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Guindy National Park.
  • Nature- Adyar Eco Park, Chetpet Lake, The Huddleston Gardens of Theosophical Society.
  • Shopping- Contemporary and traditional artwork, antiques, jewellery, leaf and palmyra-fiber handicrafts, bronze and brass castings and traditional jewellery, stone carvings, silks.

Industrial Capability: Chennai has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

  • The city is India’s second largest exporter of Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services
  • A major part of India’s automobile industry is located in and around the city thus earning it the nickname “Detroit of India”
  • The city also serves as the location of the Madras Stock Exchange, India’s fourth stock exchange, one of four permanently recognised by SEBI, and India’s third-largest by trading volume, ranked behind the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India

Chennai Demographics:

  • Population: 5 Million
  • Sex Ratio: 986 females per 1,000 males
  • Population Density per Sq. Km: 26903
  • Average literacy rate of 2%
  • Male literacy was 3%
  • Female literacy was 6%
  • Official Language: Tamil, English
  • Other Languages: Telegu, Malayalam, Bengali, Oriya

Economy of Chennai:

Recent estimates of the economy of the entire Chennai Metropolitan Area range from $58.6 to $66 billion (PPP GDP), ranking it from fourth- to sixth-most productive metro area of India. Chennai has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Mission 2020 for CSCL

CSCL has two components in its present mission. One is an area-based proposal and the other is a pan-city component.

Under the area-based component T Nagar has been selected for ‘retrofitting’ at a budget of Rs 877 cr. The key targets of the makeover project are decongestion via inclusive public spaces for pedestrians, encouragement and facilitation of cycling, parking improvements, integration of all modes of public transport and development of a feeder network, and proper accommodation of street vendors. The project will also focus on solid waste management, water supply management and storm water management.

The pan-city proposal includes a smart solution for non-motorized transport and water management at a cost of Rs 488.3 cr. It will address traffic safety and sustainability issues by encouraging non-motorized transport systems — wide pedestrian pathways, car-free streets, bicycle lanes, along with a cycle-sharing system and a modern surveillance system. It also envisages the use of information and communication technology tools for disaster management.

According to officials, CSCL is in the final stages of the planning process now, done with the guidance of Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and the Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd for the past year.


Important Universities & Medical Colleges in Chennai

  • Madras Medical College

The Madras Medical College is an educational institution located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was established on February 2, 1835. It is the third oldest medical college in India, established after Ecole de Médicine de Pondichéry and Medical College Kolkata and is one of the foremost centers of post graduate medical education in the country with 425 Seats. At any point of time, more than 2500 medical and paramedical students study here

  • Government Kilpauk Medical College

Government Kilpauk Medical College (GKMC) is one of the premier government medical institutions in India. Founded in 1960, the college has been instrumental in producing many world-renowned doctors. There are 4 hospitals attached to GKMC. They are Government Royapettah Hospital, Government Thiruvotteeswarar Hospital of Thoracic Medicine, Government Peripheral Hospital, K.K.Nagar and Government Peripheral Hospital, Anna Nagar. The college is affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai. It offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs to the students. The college provides excellent training and state of art infrastructure facility towards medical education and patient care.

  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute

(SRMC & RI), formerly Sri Ramachandra University (SRU), is an institute deemed to be university located in Porur, Chennai, India. SRMC & RI consists of eight constituent colleges with over 45 departments offering about 92 courses in health care and medical studies and research with more than 3500 students. SRMC & RI was founded by Sri Ramachandra Education & Health Trust on September 11, 1985 by N. P. V. Ramasamy Udayar (1936–1998). It was founded as a medical college, and was awarded the deemed to be university status in September 1994

  • Stanley Medical College

Stanley Medical College (SMC) is a government medical college with hospitals located in Chennai (Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Though the original hospital is more than 200 years old, the medical college was formally established on July 2, 1938. Stanley Medical College was ranked 22nd in the India Today 2014 survey. The medical college and the hospital include a Centre of Excellence for Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery and a separate cadaver maintenance unit, the first in the country.

  • Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital

Sree Balaji Medical College & hospital has made rapid progress towards being recognized as a Medical school with high academic standards delivering quality health care with an emphasis on promoting social responsibility in its students. In keeping with the vision and mission of Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research.Sree Balaji Medical College strives to generate competent and humane professionals empowered to face future challenges with ethical integrity.

Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital is a constituent college of Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Declared under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956. It is situated at Chromepet, Chennai. It is approved by Medical council of India , Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Govt of India, New Delhi. Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital is a private, non profit, self financing medical Institution, pledged to the service of the community, catering to the healthcare needs of the people in general and especially to the needy, underprivileged, suffering section of humanity in particular.

The College and Hospital complex has been raised in an area of 30.89 acres, ideally located with salubrious surroundings.

  • ESIC Medical College & PGIMSR

The ESIC Medical College & PGIMSR, Ashok Pillar Road, KK Nagar, Chennai-600078, is situated in a campus of nearly 20 acres in the heart of the city of Chennai. This institution has been permitted by the Medical Council of India to start the UG course with 100 students intake from 2013 session (Ref No. MCI-34 (41)E-29/2013-Med/20271 dated 10.07.2013. The attached hospital has been functioning since 1971 and is fully functional with all the required departments, staff, labs, X-Ray facilities, etc.

Major Government Hospitals in Chennai:

  • Government General Hospital (2029 Beded)

As the city of Chennai falls under seismic zone III, the structure is designed to be quake resistant. A framed structure with pile foundation is used in the superstructures. The tower blocks are constructed with structural glazing, aluminium composite panel cladding and Novakote finish. The total plinth area of Tower Block I is 31,559 sq m and Tower Block II is 33,304 sq m. The ground level is raised up to 1.40 m (4’7″) to avoid water stagnation and to allow gravity flow of rainwater. A separate fire-escape staircase and garbage disposal lift are found at the rear side of the building. The hospital has 52 operation theatres, besides intensive care units and post-operative wards. The hospital requires around 1,400 cubic metres of oxygen a day, which is supplied through 1,052 outlets using cylinders. The hospital consumes around 300 oxygen cylinders every day. The hospital has become the first government-run institution in the state to install a tank to store liquid oxygen

As of 2013, there were 231 beds for various ICUs at the hospital including for poly trauma, orthopaedics, medical emergencies, poison, surgical, cardiology, neurology and geriatrics. An additional 15 beds for cancer ICU has been planned along with the commissioning of a linear accelerator for precise radiation therapy

  • Government Royapettah Hospital (712 Beded)

It was founded in 1911 and is attached to Directorate of Medical Education. It is the city’s largest peripheral hospital,[2] and its limit extends up to Chengalpattu. In 2011, as part of its centenary celebration, the Central Government funded the hospital a sum of Rs. 43.5 million to construct two additional floors in its Accident and Trauma Block. There was also a proposal for setting up a “Zero Delay Ward”. The state government funded Rs. 10 million on the new surgical block. The casualty ward is already under renovatio

  • Government Stanley Hospital (1271 Beded)

Stanley Medical College (SMC) is a government medical college with hospitals located in Chennai (Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Though the original hospital is more than 200 years old, the medical college was formally established on July 2, 1938. Stanley Medical College was ranked 22nd in the India Today 2014 survey. The medical college and the hospital include a Centre of Excellence for Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery and a separate cadaver maintenance unit, the first in the country. By legacy, the hospital’s anatomy department receives corpses for scientific study from the Monegar Choultry from which the hospital historically descended

  • Government Institute of Mental Health (1800 Beded)

On an average not less than 350 out patients (both new as well as old patients) are visiting this Institute. Similarly on an average more than 1200 patients are taking in-patient treatment in this institute which has the capacity of 1800 beds. This apart there are separate de-addiction ward to treat alcoholic patients.

To cater the needs of Children below 12 years, affected with mental disorders, the Institute of Child Health (ICH), Egmore, Chennai is doing a laudable service.

  • Raja Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar Lying-In Hospital (510 Beded)

Raja Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar Lying-In Hospital was established in 1880. It has various high class facilities of ICU/IMCU, Neonatology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 24 Hour Casualty services are available. In house. Blood Bank facility is available. 24*7 Ambulance Vehicles are available.

Major Corporate & Other Hospitals in Chennai:

  • Fortis Malar Hospital (161 Beded)

Fortis Malar Hospital, formerly known as Malar Hospital, is one of the distinguished multi super-specialty corporate hospitals in Chennai providing comprehensive medical care in areas of cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, nephrology, gynecology, gastroenterology, urology, pediatrics, diabetics and so on.

Established in 1992, Malar Hospital became a household name for tertiary care hospital services in Chennai over the years. Late 2007, Fortis Healthcare – India’s fastest growing hospital network, led by the vision of late Dr. Parvinder Singh of creating an integrated healthcare delivery system in India acquired stakes Malar Hospital Limited. Thus, paving the way to superlative healthcare services!

  • MIOT Hospital (1000 Beded)

Padmashri Prof. Dr. P. V. A. Mohandas started the Madras Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology (M.I.O.T) on 12 February, 1999, as a 70-bed hospital, with full-time doctors, focused primarily on Orthopedics and Trauma Care. It was soon apparent that some of the trauma patients, often brought there in a critical condition, came with pre-existing conditions involving the heart, kidneys, etc. In order to stabilize and deliver complete end-to-end care to these patients, these pre existing conditions had to be managed along with providing trauma care. Given the nature of trauma care, it was important to have full-time specialists so that the right care could be delivered on time. With the addition of more specialties to address key health areas, and investment in the latest medical technology and the best talent, we are, today, able to deliver collaborative, multi-specialty care

  • Billroth Hospitals (600 Beded)

Billroth hospitals were launched on 30th November 1990 by late Dr.V.Jeganathan. Besides being the chairman of Billroth hospitals, he was one of the leading gastroenrologist and a well versed laser and laparoscopic surgeon. Billroth hospitals which is a National Accreditation board for hospitals (NABH) certified, aims at providing standard health care with its world class facilities and infrastructure. Our state of art equipped technology and well qualified doctors and nurse practitioners contribute to the success of the institution by providing maximum care and support to the patients. Today it provide services in various branches of medicine and surgery with our 600 bedded super specialty hospital situated at shenoy nagar and R.A.Puram in Chennai, india. This fruition is not inadvertent but is the sheer outcome of perceptive participation and ethical practices undertaken by our team to achieve objects.

  • Sankara Nethralaya

Sankara Nethralaya has been described by Shri Nani A. Palkivala, an eminent legal expert and former Indian Ambassador to USA, as the “Best Managed Charitable Organization in India”. Sir Ratan Tata Trust has observed Sankara Nethralaya as a High Performing Knowledge Institution – mission driven, a proven track record, acknowledged nationally and internationally for its expertise and excellence in Ophthalmic care with almost all eye sub-specialties, good management systems, a vibrant set of human resources and a participative system of decision-making.

On an average, 1200 patients walk through our doors and 100 surgeries are performed every day. In our journey for excellence, we have received many awards and appreciation of our efforts. And we still have a long way to g

Major diagnostic center in Chennai:

  • Ehrlich Laboratory Pvt Ltd

Founded in the year 1938 by the visionary (Late) Dr. S. Balasundaram, Ehrlich is proud to be the oldest private medical laboratory in south India, under the leadership of his son (Late) B. Subramanyam, Ehrlich soon took the diagnostic operations to greater heights.

  • Dr RAI Memorial Medical Centre

Dr. Rai Memorial Medical Centre is an Oncology clinic in Teynampet, Chennai. The clinic is visited by oncologists like Dr. D Suresh Kumar and Dr. Abdullah. The timings of Dr. Rai Memorial Medical Centre are: Mon to Fri: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. Click on map to find directions to reach Dr. Rai Memorial Medical Centre

  • Gokul Laboratories

Gokul Laboratories is a diagnostic lab located in Perambur, chennai. It has 128 diagnostic tests listed on Gokul Laboratories also offers facilities like home sample pickup, online reports. You can find the detailed list of special facilities and charges for tests on, along with phone no. and easy directions to reach Gokul Laboratories

  • Precision Diagnostic Medall 

Medall Healthcare Pvt. Ltd (MEDALL) is South India’s largest chain of medical diagnostic services provider. Medall was established by Mr. Raju Venkatraman – fondly known as Raju, with a vision to provide diagnostic services, both Pathology and Radiology imaging, to all sections of society.

  • Primex Scans & Labs

Presenting Primex Scans & Labs are the world class medical diagnostic services at down-to-earth honest prices. From world-class technology to warm service, from exquisite facilities to easy access, Primex has it all.

Healthcare scenario of Chennai:

Healthcare in Chennai is provided by both government-run and private hospitals. Chennai attracts about 45 percent of health tourists from abroad arriving in the country and 30 to 40 percent of domestic health tourists. The city has been termed India’s health capital. Multi- and super-specialty hospitals across the city bring in an estimated 150 international patients every day. Factors behind the tourists’ inflow in the city include low costs, little to no waiting period, and facilities offered at the speciality hospitals in the city.

Major healthcare mile stones in the history of Chennai:

The medical lineage of the city began with the first hospital of India set up at Fort St. George on 16 November 1664 by Sir Edward Winter to treat sick soldiers of the East India Company. The hospital grew, expanded, and moved out of the fort to its present location in 1772, where it stands today as the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, and was opened to Indians in 1842. In 1785, medical departments were set up in Bengal, Madras, and Bombay presidencies with 234 surgeons.

Although the Western system of medicine was brought to India by the Portuguese, the base for a systematized and widespread network of government-run hospitals began with the hospital in Madras, as the city was known then. Throughout the colonial era, doctors from Europe and Eurasia trained and practiced at the first hospital. Between 1800 and 1820, about four hospitals were formed in Madras. In 1835, Madras Medical College was set up, making it one of the oldest colleges of European medicine in Asia. In 1854, when the British government agreed to supply medicines and instruments to the growing network of minor hospitals and dispensaries, government store depots were established in Calcutta, Madras, Bombay, and Rangoon. In 1900, the Christian Medical College, Vellore was established, attracting some of the best talents in the United States. The Madras Public Health Act, the first of its kind in the country, was passed in 1939.

In the later half of the twentieth century, many prominent institutions began to appear in the city. The Cancer Institute in Adyar was set up in 1954, and Sankara Nethralaya was founded in 1976, adding to the city’s reputation. Along with the Government General Hospital they served as renowned centers for diagnosis, treatment and research for decades. The establishment of the Apollo Hospital in the city in 1983 marked the advent of corporate hospitals in the country. The city is where one of the earliest pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) was established in the 1990s.

Today, Chennai is the hub of medical tourism in the country, an industry that is expected to grow at an estimated 30% per year, which is expected to become worth about Rs. 95,000 million by 2015, according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India


Chennai has world-class medical facilities, including both government-run and private hospitals. The government-aided hospitals include General Hospital, Adyar Cancer Institute, TB Sanatorium, and National Institute of Siddha. Major hospitals in Chennai include Apollo Hospitals, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, MIOT Hospitals, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Fortis Malar Hospital, Sankara Nethralaya and many more.

Despite being known as the ‘Mecca’ of healthcare, only six private hospitals in the city have been accredited by the National Board for Accreditation of Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) as of 2012. As Per a research published in the August 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, there was no evidence of falsification of medicines in a sampling study carried out in the city, though 43 percent of drugs were substandard. Still this city attracts about 45 percent of health tourists from abroad and 30 percent to 40 percent of domestic health tourists.

The city has been termed India’s health capital. There are more than 12,500 beds in the hospitals in Chennai, including about 5,000 in multi-specialty hospitals in the private sector and over 6,000 beds in the public sector. This works to 2.1 beds per 1,000 population against the national average of less than 1 bed per 1,000 population and the World Health Organization’s norms of 3 beds per 1,000 persons, higher than any other city in the country.

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