J&K Healthcare Investment Policy ‘Destination of Medical Tourism?’

J&K Healthcare Investment Policy ‘Destination of Medical Tourism?’
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  • Nigam Gupta

Jammu: The National Health Policy, 2002, clearly supports medical tourism and exactly meant for encouraging the best of healthcare services to patients of distant origins. India is becoming the most preferred healthcare destination among the foreigners. Available facilities and quality treatments by skilled professionals / doctors genuinely bringing a huge number of medical tourists to India for the unmatched services, enabling India to nurture as a hub for the medical tourists every year.

In addition to above, we all still having the words of PM Modi in our minds, from his maiden speech at Kashmir near 2014, where he has shown his serious concern on promoting the education and tourism sector in J&K and articulated that ‘Instead of Kashmiri Girls going outside the state for further studies, I want students from Rajasthan and other states to come and study in Kashmir’. And, probably ‘J&K State Healthcare Investment Policy’ is now here to provide ample of all such opportunities while state H&ME department is also all set to open the doors for probable investors and corporates in the field of Multi-Speciality Hospitals, Healthcare Educations & Industries, or Medical & Nursing Colleges etc. to come and invest in this state of natural beauties and bounties.

Since, India has been getting a good revenue turnover from its medical tourism from past few years. ‘The Jammu & Kashmir Healthcare Investment Policy’ in an identical manner might also be brought with a vision to promote a like-wise cause together side generating the employment opportunities here. And, the other side of this scheme is to make world-class healthcare services and facilities affordable as well. As otherwise, the medical treatments in India are much cheaper when compared to Western Europe, North America and some Southeast Asian countries. As last year only, Tourism Minister of India declared the revenue earned from foreign exchange, an estimate of ₹1,35,193 crore in 2015, ₹1,54,146 crore in 2016 and ₹1,77,874 crore in 2017. And, per the NITI Aayog (The National Institute of Transforming India) the Medical Value Travel as a major source of foreign exchange earnings.

J&K can be the one of a best destinations for medical tourist as the total number of patients visiting India in the year 2017 was near 4.95 Lakh. And, this divine state of J&K with all its natural beauty and transcendent airs like heavens can definitely be able to bring an added boost in the medical tourism sector, if properly be made near the most of distinctions. Now, the question is, when we have sufficient of tourists of distant origin at various hotels including Taj hotel in Kashmir then, we must also have chances of medical tourists as the Taj Medical Group receives near 500 inquiries a day from around the world and arranges packages for 20-40 Britons a month to have operations in India.

Anyway; with this ‘Healthcare Investment Policy’ the stage is all set here in J&K and now, it is the responsibility of both state Government officials and the corporate medical sector to harmonize for not only winning the tickets but to win the ties together, as well. Perhaps! Things can be made achieved by giving an equal importance to the Government sector too. And, efforts should be made in manner the nations like Cuba are achieving. Cuba has been a pioneer in medical tourism for almost four decades. It has hospitals for Cuban residents and others for foreigners and diplomats. Both kinds are run by the government. Cubans receive free healthcare for life while tourists have to pay for it. The Cuban government has developed medical tourism to generate income which is wrought back to benefit its country’s citizens. The Cuban example shows that there are ways to use medical tourism to really benefit our people.

Given above, the Constitution of India has put the responsibility of healthcare on the states instead of the federal administration. To an extent, this has had an unfortunate effect on the investment level in the healthcare sector in this state moreover. While with the launch of NHM and allied schemes, the Government of India has launched Ayushman Bharat, world’s largest public-funded healthcare scheme, the need for private participation will continue to grow in importance, especially in rural India or in states like ours. High-end diagnostic services require heavy capital investment which can be driven by the private sector if it has to cater to the greater proportion of the populace. Yet currently, the organised market’s contribution to Indian healthcare sector is a mere 6 percent. It is therefore clear that like any Indian state ___ the state of J&K will have to talk the large private players into increasing their play in the healthcare space. Such an endeavour makes J&K hopeful that more corporates will join hands in bringing global medical facilities to the state’s doorstep. It will assist the government and the people of the state to relieve the state of financial burdens that currently weighs down the economy and hurts its progress.

In any case, per the track record of talking things to its logical conclusions’ otherwise still a dream and a big challenge in this state of Jammu & Kashmir, and executives seriously need to exert from their hearts, minds and souls, as such.

And, the only needed ingredients among our commanding corridors; are the requisite enthusiasm of bringing the things and willingness’ to do something, while creating the atmosphere per ease of doing business and slaying-down the traditional delaying tactics approaches and of course__ no matters, with an authority of right to strengthen the regulatory bodies for apt supervisions, there-of.

Anyways; by all said and done, the fit phrase here at this juncture of demonstrating real-time willingness’s is ___ “One can’t build a reputation on what one is going to do, but exactly on what one’s going to accomplish”.

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