Transforming Healthcare: Dr. Devi Shetty’s Narayana Health Introduces Affordable Insurance Plan ‘Aditi’

In a pioneering move to make healthcare more accessible and affordable, Dr. Devi Shetty’s Narayana Health has launched an innovative insurance product named “Aditi.” This initiative marks Narayana Health as the first hospital chain in India to own an insurance company, thus streamlining the insurance process by eliminating the need for a separate insurance entity. The flagship product, Aditi, offers comprehensive coverage for families at an annual premium of Rs 10,000, providing a sum insured of Rs 1 crore for surgeries and Rs 5 lakh for treatment costs within the Narayana Health network hospitals.

Simplifying Insurance for Better Healthcare

Traditional health insurance involves the insurance company, the hospital, and the patient. By integrating the hospital and insurance company, Narayana Health aims to reduce costs and make the insurance process more efficient. Dr. Shetty emphasizes that this integration eliminates the need for profit margins across two separate entities, thereby reducing the overall cost of insurance. Additionally, the claim settlement process will be more streamlined within the Narayana Health network, ensuring a hassle-free experience for patients and allowing them to concentrate on their health and recovery.

Initial Launch and Future Expansion

The Aditi insurance plan will initially be rolled out in four districts around Mysuru as part of a pilot project, with plans to expand to other regions of Karnataka. “Narayana Aditi is designed to protect families from the financial burdens of medical expenses, offering peace of mind during challenging times,” stated Dr. Shetty. The launch of Aditi signifies a transformative step towards making quality healthcare accessible to every Indian.

Promoting Preventive Health Checkups

A primary goal of the Aditi plan is to encourage preventive health checkups. Dr. Shetty mentioned that all tests will be available at Narayana Health at discounted rates for those insured under this scheme. The 24-hour helpline will monitor patients’ health records and proactively remind them to undertake necessary tests, such as blood sugar level checks for diabetic patients. As the scheme develops, there are plans to provide home visits for sample collection, enhancing convenience for patients.

Addressing Global Health Priorities

Dr. Shetty criticized the focus of government health policies in developing countries on diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV, which cause 1.2 million to 2 million deaths annually. In contrast, he highlighted that the lack of access to safe surgery leads to 17 million deaths worldwide. He advocates for a national strategy that prioritizes access to safe surgery, which he believes would dramatically improve public health outcomes in India.

The Need for Affordable Insurance

Dr. Shetty argued that insurance is the most viable solution for large countries like India, where free healthcare, which works in smaller nations with high tax-to-GDP ratios and significant healthcare spending, is not feasible. India has a tax-to-GDP ratio of around 11% and spends less than 2% of its GDP on healthcare. Therefore, the path to universal healthcare in India lies in creating affordable insurance plans.

Expansion Plans: A New Hospital in Kolkata

Beyond the Aditi insurance plan, Narayana Health has ambitious expansion plans. Dr. Shetty announced the development of a greenfield hospital in Kolkata. The first phase of this project, comprising 350 beds, is estimated to cost Rs 500 crore. Upon completion, the hospital will have a capacity of 1,000 beds, significantly boosting healthcare infrastructure in the region.


Dr. Devi Shetty’s introduction of the Aditi insurance plan is a significant step towards making healthcare more affordable and accessible in India. By integrating the hospital and insurance company, Narayana Health is setting a new benchmark in the healthcare industry, aiming to reduce the financial burden on patients and promote preventive care. As Aditi expands and Narayana Health continues to grow, these initiatives promise to transform the healthcare landscape in India, ensuring that quality medical care is within reach for every citizen.

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