Health Care in India


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There is a popular saying, ‘Health is Wealth.’ It’s true, which makes the healthcare too to play a vital role in one’s life.

The healthcare sector is one of the fastest growing industry sectors in the country, showing promising growth in the medical technology and employment. Further it also provides a considerable amount as GDP, thereby enhancing the country’s growth. The recent years in India, could be well quoted as a good example for drastic improvements in the health sector. In the year 2007, the rate of population who suffered from HIV/AIDS has drastically got reduced to 2.5 million, which is much better than the rate got reported in the year 2005, which was 5.5 million. The government started to spread the awareness about AIDS, all around the country, especially in the north east India and in many rural areas and territories.

Healthcare Growth in India

The major reasons for the growth of healthcare in India are enormous population, rising middle class category people in India, strong medical foundation in the country, and at the same time increasing rates of diseases in the country, etc…India has already got a huge experience in the medical field, which could be portrayed right from the ancient periods, when sages and saints were delivering medicines to eradicate diseases. Thus, it has a deep route of medicine, which could be called as Ayurveda medicine/Siddha medicine. This has made many medical colleges/universities and doctors/medical professionals to grow in the country, easily.

At this point, many multinational companies in the foreign countries started to realize the strong medical base of India, and thereby initiated healthcare BPO’s in the country. Thus, the healthcare started to grow, by all means. There is also a huge growth in medical transcription, medical tourism, etc… Recently, the rates of people traveling to render services in medical fields to the abroad countries and the rates of foreign tourists who are flying to India to get their operations done, are getting increased in the last 4 years to a rate of about 12%, thereby caused a high expectation in the growth of healthcare sector to be US$ 70 billion by 2012.

Government Role

The ‘Ministry of Health and Welfare’ in India has developed separate schemes for various common diseases and health concerns, such as, malnutrition, AIDS, iodine deficiency disorders, cancer problems, leprosy, tobacco related diseases, etc… Majorly for this reason, the ‘National Health Policy’ was established in the year 1983 in India and it was updated in the 2002 with primary focus on health insurance schemes, to increase the public spending on the health, thereby increasing the GDP from 0.6 to 2% in the positive means, promoting public health discipline, etc…

The National Health Policy is particular about the positive growth of the healthcare sector in the country, which means, it is not ready to support the fact that rise in number of diseases would automatically increase the more spending, thereby causing increase in the growth of healthcare sectors and thus increasing the GDP of the country. But, it has understood that rising GDP in this level would not yield positive consequences to the country, rather would end up in a deteriorating healthcare infrastructure to the country. Hence, the government is taking every step to control poverty, reduce the number of common diseases in the country, and it is striving hard to increase the average earning income of the people in the country, thereby shaping them to a category of ‘self-supporting’ people, who could support their families and themselves on medical facilities. It is continuously performing a reforming action in establishing primary medical centers in the villages and other districts, thereby stabilizing the basic healthcare features and facilities in the country.

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