Group Of Doctors And Philanthropists Build Free Hospitals Funded By Donations

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In Karachi, the most populated city in Pakistan, a group of doctors  and philanthropists have built a free hospital that runs entirely on  donations. 

The Indus Hospital has served over 3 million patients since  it opened in 2007 and they are so dedicated to providing free services,  that they don’t even have any way of collecting payment. 

Indus Hospital CEO Dr. Abdul Bari Khan says that he and his  colleagues were inspired to create the hospital because healthcare is so  expensive, and the facilities that existed were often overwhelmed. 

They  were especially motivated to solve this problem after they visited the  1987 Bohri Bazaar bomb blast site and witnessed how difficult it was for  people to get treatment. 

“In a country like Pakistan where majority of the population is  living below the poverty line, quality healthcare has become luxury item  rather than a basic need. So only the people blessed with strong  financial status can get quality treatment from the private sector.  That’s where the not-for-profit hospital came in with the money as  donation/ zakat from blessed segment of the society and to utilize it  for the treatment of their counterparts,” Khan said. 

“Quality healthcare is being provided in Pakistan, however, at  very exorbitant prices, some philanthropic organizations are also  playing a pivotal role in filling the gap. The Indus Hospital serves to  provide quality healthcare at no price at all in order to pitch in  towards serving underserved patients,” he added.    

The Indus Hospital now has 11 locations throughout Pakistan and has  plans to expand further by establishing international chapters in the  US, UK, and UAE. 

According to the Hospital’s website, over $14 million worth of treatment is given at Indus locations each month. This project proves that it is possible for people to get decent  healthcare without a web of complicated bureaucracies dictating the  terms of the treatment. 

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I firmly believe that if we could get rid of government, all services could be run like that.

A perfect example of people helping people. Congrats

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