Inclusive Healthcare Management for Sustainable Development
Conference Background Note
Healthcare as an industry in India has grown to become one of the most promising and progressive sectors in recent times. A variety of factors such as growing population and economy, increasing life expectancy, expanding middle class, higher income levels, rise in incidence of diseases, increased Government outlays and better awareness about health are expected to further the growth to make India’s healthcare a US$ 280 billion industry by 20201.Besides the presence of corporate hospitals, the availability of highly qualified doctors and scientists, their expertise and state-of-art technology have helped India become an attractive destination globally for medical tourists, clinical studies and research and development.
Despite this growth, healthcare delivery and services in India continue to be lacking. India houses 16% of the world population, 21% of the global diseases and the largest burden of communicable diseases in the world, yet its healthcare infrastructure is one of the weakest and not comparable with other developing nations
- For every 1000 Indians there are 0.9 beds; whereas countries such as Russia, China and Brazil have 9.7, 4.1 and 2.4 beds respectively
- India’s current situation of 0.6 physicians per 1000 population is not very encouraging in comparison to BRIC countries and some other South East Asian countries