The second edition of the Annual Practo Healthcare Map of India highlights some of the key consumer health concerns.

The report is a comprehensive look at the disease and illness trends across India. Annually, Practo facilitates 45M appointments on its platform. The report is based on those health care appointments that were booked across 35+ cities with the focus on top 7 cities including Delhi & NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad across 200+ medical specialities.

Uniquely, the report is entirely based on actual patient actions (booked appointments) rather than surveys.

Chronic non-communicable diseases like diabetes, respiratory diseases are ailing Indians:

Practo’s Healthcare map of India found that concerns over chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a major reason for urban India to visit doctors (book appointments). Rapid urbanisation and a fast-paced socio-economic development are contributing to the rising incidences of cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma), diabetes, hypertension etc. Additionally, poor dietary habits, physical inactivity, smoking and stress are some of the major contributors to the development and progression of preventable chronic diseases.

Pollution is suffocating India: visits to Pulmonologists have increased by 62% YOY

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Diabetes is getting the better of India: visits to Diabetologists have increased by 25% YOY

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Young India is not so young at heart: visits to Cardiologist have increased by 40% YOY with hypertension as most common symptom

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Young Indian population is breaking its back: visits to spine and pain specialists’ have increased by 25% and 31% increase in spine surgeon appointments

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Young Indians suffering from various gastric issues: visits to Gastroenterologists have increased by 22%

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Alternative medicine is a preferred option by 35+-year-olds:

Another interesting insight that the Healthcare Map drew was on how people are preferring to book appointments with doctors practising allopathy as well as alternative medicine. There was a growth of 62% in booked appointments with allopathic doctors and a 34% growth in appointments for alternative medicine doctors in the age bracket of 35 years & above.

Practo is Asia’s leading healthcare platform and our mission is to help people live healthier, longer lives and that begins with access to better data. We release this annually to highlight the disease trends facing India. We hope these findings better equip our healthcare providers to understand disease patterns in urban India and address them effectively.