India’s largest hospital network Apollo Hospitals has plans to expand and set up 15 hospitals in west Asia and north Africa, India’s The Economic Times reports.

The corporate hospital chain is in discussions with a Dubai-based corporation to establish the hospitals in Asia and Africa on a franchise basis and a cardiac care hospital in Europe on a contract basis.

Each of the hospitals will house 250 super-speciality and 100 to 150 secondary-care beds with an estimated cost of Rs1.5-1.8 crore for each bed, the news agency reports.

To set up the cardiac care hospital in Europe, Apollo will help in planning, establishing systems, protocols and management, hospital officials said.