The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte has paid a two day visit to India accompanied by four cabinet ministers, including those in charge of the health, trade and infrastructure portfolios, in addition to a delegation of over 200 members that includes 15 CEOs, academics and government representatives. The business delegation represented education, life sciences, water and waste management with major focus on Healthcare sector and cooperation in the same.
Dutch Minister for Medical Care and Sport Bruno Bruins has said “India and the Netherlands can work together on ways to deal with the ever increasing cost of healthcare, including improving the use of e-health and bringing in more transparency in the pricing of drugs.”
This is one of the warm and welcoming moves for India’s Healthcare sector. Both the nations have initiated programs to promote innovative solutions to challenges in healthcare.
Dutch Medical Minister Bruins added, “I wish to learn more about your country on issues related to health and sport. I would like to learn how you deal with the increasing cost of care and how we can bring down the cost of delivery of healthcare.”
For India, the Dutch health minister’s interest in keeping the prices of medicines low would be good news as The Netherlands has in the past tried to restrict Indian generics from being exported to a third country via Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
He further added that we are paying twice the prices of medicines. Some of the medicines are very costly. But the partnership with India will bring transparency on the same front.
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India is slowly turning to a destination for medical tourism also. This has sparked the need for qualified and experienced healthcare professionals to some extent. Recently a study conducted by Ernst &Young along with KPMG revealed that India needs to add 1 lakh beds to match the swelling needs of healthcare provider industry. All these initiates and foreign investments will create tremendous job openings in the healthcare domain in the coming years.
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