Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences
Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has opened two super specialty hospitals that offer tertiary medical care. One of them is in the village of Puttaparti, Andhra Pradesh; while the other one lies in Whitefield, Karnatka. These hospitals are ably supported by the General Hospitals in the respective locations and they also take cases directly referred to them from all over India.
These hospitals are rarest of examples of what could be done when the Lord Himself guides the projects. The set-up saga of the first hospital in Puttaparti is a sort of unparalleled record in the field of medical architecture, construction technology, and faith! The set-up cost involved in these projects in almost unheard in India. The operating cost of these hospitals (hailed as Temples of Healing) crosses 2 crore per month; however, with the Divine Will, these marvels of modern infrastructure and ancient value continue to sustain the promise of the Lord Himself—service to man is service to God!
In the times when people are finding it quite impossible to bear the burden on medical expenditure, these hospitals stand as the shining examples of selfless service that stand unparalleled anywhere in the world. Some of the features that worth mentioning about the criteria of these hospitals are:
1. There is no fee charged from the patient for whatever service is done by the hospital. Should the need arise, they even pay for the travel fares!
2. There is no consideration of caste, region or financial status of the patient. Purely a medical-condition based approach is adopted.