My Best Pick 2019

Saurabh Mukherjea

Dr Lal Pathlabs stands out for its unique hub-and-spoke business model and strong return ratios

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Published 2 years ago on Apr 19, 2019 6 minutes Read
Vishal Koul

Historically, the path labs business has been dominated by mom and pop shops carrying out routine testing services such as blood tests, urine tests, and X-rays. These are typically one-room clinics rented in a local shopping complex by a pathologist who, usually, tends to be a sole practitioner. Such clinics tend to have tie-ups with local doctors who will refer patients in return for a share of the revenue, although it is illegal to do so. As the economy formalises, and as it becomes harder to operate such businesses on a cash-basis with patients themselves asking for better facilities, the path industry will continue to evolve. Over the past two decades, Dr Lal PathLabs has been at the vanguard of this change, especially in north India.