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To boost medical tourism govt organises an International Summit 

EENADU INDIA , Dec 05, 2018

India has set aside 5,000 crores or US $ 700 million for enhancing the overall healthcare sector, said Suresh Prabhu at the International summit on medical tourism on Wednesday.

Talking exclusively to Etv Bharat, Sudhanshu Pandey, additional secretary of commerce department, said that the government has encouraged more and more hospitals to go for NABH acctedition and more than 1500 hospitals in India are NABH accredited.

Talking about the government's role in boosting medical tourism, he said that they have consistently brought in new policy and programmes like the 4rth edition of the summit organised.

Answering about if the market in India would increase, he said that healthcare facilities all over the world is expensive and would not give India an edge if cost is increased. Moreover on increase in medical tourism, requirements for doctors, nurses, lab attendents would also increase.

India provides medical facilities at 1/10th of the cost of what others provide which should serve as an advantage for the country which is looking to attract medical travellers.

Talking about the shortage of doctors, Mr Pandey said that the government has asked all the state governments to provide at lest one medical college in every district so that the numbers can be doubled in coming 5-7 years. Commenting on recent reports of faulty implants, he saif that healtha and price regulators are looking into the matter for more stringent rules and regulations.

Health ministers of various countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran have also come for the summit. They have signed the agreements with various hospitals to send their patients to India. India and Rawanda are also working on insurance schemes for the patients so that patients from Rawanda could come to India and get facilities which are not available in their country.

Ms Sangeeta Reddy, Vice President of FICCI, talking about the role of FICCI said that it has worked to showcase quality accredited providers to international community which would encourage B2B partnerships. To facilitate medical tourism government has easen the norms like providing visas faster now, medical visas at priority, patients don't need to physically go to the police station to report but would just have to file an online report, facilitation desk is going to be created in 7 major cities where international patients can come.

All this would lead to comfort of the mediacal travellers.

FICCI in collaboration with Department of Commerce, Commerce ministry, organised Advantage Healthcare India- 2018 today to showcase India as the best healthcare provider and encourage different countries to send their patients to India for treatment.

Around 450 participants had come from 70+ countries to see what India has to offer. Health ministers of various countries like Afghanistan and Iraq were also present and are expected to have dialogues.

 

 

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