Jammu and Kashmir can be A Medical Tourism Destination Par Excellence

Jammu and Kashmir can be A Medical Tourism Destination Par Excellence

Nigam Gupta

‘The Jammu & Kashmir Healthcare Investment Policy’ might also be brought with a vision to promote a like-wise cause together side generating the employment opportunities in the region. The other side of this scheme is to make world-class healthcare services and facilities affordable as well.
J&K can be the one of the best destinations for medical tourism as the total number of patients visiting India in the year 2017 was near 4.95 Lakh. And, this divine state of J&K with all its natural beauty and transcendent airs like heavens can definitely be able to bring an added boost in the medical tourism sector, if properly made near the most of distinctions. Now, the question is, when we have sufficient of tourists of distant origin at various hotels including Taj hotel in Kashmir then, we must also have chances of medical tourists as the Taj Medical Group receives near 500 inquiries a day from around the world and arranges packages for 20-40 Britons a month to have operations in India.
With this ‘Healthcare Investment Policy’ the stage is all set here in J&K and now, it is the responsibility of both state administration officials and the corporate medical sector to harmonize for not only winning the tickets but to win the ties together, as well. Perhaps! Things can be made achieved by giving an equal importance to the public sector too. And, efforts should be made in manner the nations like Cuba are achieving. Cuba has been a pioneer in medical tourism for almost four decades. It has hospitals for Cuban residents and others for foreigners and diplomats. Both kinds are run by the government. Cubans receive free healthcare for life while tourists have to pay for it. The Cuban government has developed medical tourism to generate income which is wrought back to benefit its country’s citizens. The Cuban example shows that there are ways to use medical tourism to really benefit our people.
High-end diagnostic services require heavy capital investment which can be driven by the private sector if it has to cater to the greater proportion of the populace. Yet currently, the organised market’s contribution to Indian healthcare sector is a mere 6 percent. It is therefore clear that the state of J&K will have to talk the large private players into increasing their play in the healthcare space. Such an endeavour makes J&K hopeful that more corporates will join hands in bringing global medical facilities to the state’s doorstep. It will assist the government and the people of the state to relieve the state of financial burdens that currently weighs down the economy and hurts its progress.
In any case, per the track record of talking things to its logical conclusion, otherwise still a dream and a big challenge in this state of Jammu & Kashmir, and executives seriously need to exert from their hearts, minds and souls.
And, the only needed ingredients among our commanding corridors; are the requisite enthusiasm of bringing the things and willingness’ to do something, while creating the environment of the ease of doing business and slaying-down the traditional delaying tactics approaches and of course, no matter, with an authority of right to strengthen the regulatory bodies for apt supervisions, thereof.
All said and done, the fit phrase here at this juncture of demonstrating real-time willingness’s is : “One can’t build a reputation on what one is going to do, but exactly on what one’s going to accomplish”.

—The author can be reached at: ecaresindia@gmail.com