Reverse Brain Drain in Indian Health Sector

by Savitha C Muppala on  January 6, 2009 at 6:52 PM Indian Health News
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Reverse Brain Drain in Indian Health Sector
Many Indian doctors serving abroad are seen making a comeback to home turf, in what is being labelled as reverse brain drain in Indian healthcare, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.

Improvements in healthcare and quality medical education is perhaps bringing these professionals back home.

Though the exact numbers are not known, few thousands have already returned. Many of them have served abroad for over 30 years.

"Opportunities in India is the main reason and this is the time when the whole world is looking to invest in Indian business, pharmaceuticals, health care and medical tourism. Two years ago we had 2.5 lakh people coming for medical treatment from all parts of the world including the US and the UK," the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said. 

To raise the bar in healthcare, the centre is all set to enforce the Clinical Establishment Act which will seek to regulate and monitor all the hospitals and laboratories in the country according to the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS).

The norms would apply to all hospitals in the country irrespective of their size.

Source: Medindia
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