Corporate Reporter

Has a talent pool of 6 lakh clinical and paramedical personnel

Specialists show interest in shifting their work base back to India New age professionals look at different opportunities

CHENNAI: India's healthcare sector has made impressive strides in recent years. It has transformed to a $ 17 billion industry and is surging ahead with an annual growth rate of 13 per cent a year. Today it has grown its dimensions with new concepts like medical tourism flourishing within this industry at the growth rate of 15 per cent per annum, raking in over $2 billion as additional revenue by 2012. With corporations showing keen interest to set up large healthcare facilities across the countries, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and expertise to back, this sector is poised to grow even further.

Delivering the keynote address on the perspective on healthcare in the country, at the fourth Annual Service Quality Conclave, in Bangalore, recently, Vishal Bali, CEO, Wockhardt Hospitals group said, "India has emerged as a global hub for healthcare and this has led to more and more doctors and clinicians looking back towards India to continue and take forward their practices. The reversal of the brain drain is not restricted to the IT field alone. We are witnessing an increased number of specialists showing interest to shift their work base back to India from countries like the U.K. and the U.S. This indicates the growth of India as a leader in the healthcare industry. In fact, the head of critical care at Wockhardt's new facility in Bangalore has returned from the U.S."

"Deregulation, globalisation and fundamental breakthroughs in science with strategic influence of information technology are blurring geographic boundaries. New age professionals from various service sector industries are seriously looking at different opportunities that are available in the healthcare sector where they can play a vital role", Mr. Bali added.

"Globally, consumerism has become the new watchword. As more and more patients get into the self-pay category they demand more accountability in pricing, safety and quality. Transparency will be the key to success. Preventive care and disease management is the way forward to reduce cost and manage demand", he said.

"India boasts of a talent pool of over six lakh clinical and paramedical personnel. The crucial combination of the country's globally recognised clinical talent along with tourist interest of 5,000 year civilisation coupled with the alternative medicine propositions in the form of ayurveda and naturopathy etc. give India an edge over neighbouring countries like Singapore and Thailand.