Aug 11: Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), a setup by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India today conducted a webinar on the Export Market Opportunities in the Health Care Sector.
The session was opened by Mr. Maneck Davar, Chairman of SEPC and was Moderated by Ms. Upasana Arora, Healthcare Sector Panel Head & Chairperson, Yashodha Super Speciality Hospital. The Chief Speakers of the Event were Dr. Pralok Gupta, Associate Professor, Centre for WTO Studies, IIFT and Dr. Giridhar Gyani, Director General, Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI)
The event concentrated on
- Global business opportunities in Healthcare Segment
- MAI Scheme of Department of C&I, GOI
- Role of SEPC in Export Promotion
- Issues of the Industry and way forward
Speaking in the Event Dr.Pralok Gupta said “Though the Pandemic has put a halt on the Medical tourism, this is a temporary problem. However India has to gear up in alternate opporutnities such as providing digital solutions such as Telemedicine, Pre/Post consultations,etc. and also in providing trained nursing staff and doctors who can then go and work across the world especially in the Middle-East, Africa and ASEAN segment”, He also mentioned that one of the good opportunities is to allow large Indian hospitals to setup their units and branches in ASEAN and African countries, where the healthcare is badly managed.
Further Dr. Gyani said that SEPC should rather than concentrating on business for each hospital should concentrate on building BRAND INDIA. All hospitals should be brought within the ambit of a qualified body such as SEPC and while using the certifications of NABH, they should develop a portal where all hospitals are listed and ranked in the system. By this it becomes easy for both care seekers and care givers to engage between each other. He also mentioned that there is a huge gap in the way hospitals charge for international patients and that gap has to reduce and be within the range. Dr. Gyani, gave an example of how Thailand is handling health care and India should also plan implementing similar solutions if we have to be the masters in the Medical Toursim a.k.a Medical Value Travel.