Practo Healthcare Map reveals chronic diseases are on the rise in urban India

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


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


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


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


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


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.


Practo is on a mission to make quality healthcare affordable and accessible for over a billion+ Indians. India’s leading integrated healthcare company it connects the entire healthcare ecosystem together – including patients, doctors, surgeons, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and diagnostics – to generate exceptional value and service for all, especially the end consumers.

As technology becomes an integral part of healthcare, Practo has also become an essential enabler in helping doctors understand the nuances of managing and securely storing all health data. Practo encrypts all data with 256-bit encryption, uses HIPAA-compliant data centers, and is one of the few healthcare companies to be ISO 27001 certified. Practo is present in 20+ countries, helping over 30 crore patients, by connecting them with 1 lakh+ verified doctor partners.

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