Healthcare boom brings docs back By Panchalee Thakur Times News Network Monday, August 18, 2003 You could call it the brain drain in reverse. Till some years ago, economists and social scientists expressed concerns about talent, grown and nurtured in India, leaving the country in search of better careers and lifestyles. But in recent times, there has been a turnabout, with many professionals, especially doctors, returning to India. Many of these doctors had excelled in their work abroad and built up reputations. But they have returned because they feel India is growing rapidly as one of the world's top healthcare destinations. And they would like to play a part in it. In fact, some say one of the main factors behind this healthcare revolution in India is doctors returning to the country. They have brought back with them their expertise, and are hence attracting patients from around the world. At Wockhardt Hospital, there are six senior consultants who have returned from the US, UK and Australia. In Dr Devi Shetty's Narayana Hrudalaya, of the total 35 junior and senior consultants, eight senior consultants have worked abroad. Dr S Mukundan, chief cardiac surgeon, Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Heart Centre, worked in New Zealand for two years and then in England for four years. He returned to India in 1998 because he felt heart care in India had grown tremendously in the past few years and he wouldn't suffer professionally if he returned. ''I left the country to get experience and acquire expertise, especially in paediatric cardiac surgery. I always wanted to come back and the fact that we have such good medical infrastructure in India now, helped me make up my mind,'' Dr Mukundan says. He feels the satisfaction about working in India is unsurpassable because of the kind of respect a doctor gets from a patient. Dr Jayapal Reddy, an interventional cardiologist at Mallya Hospital was in the US for nine years and says he returned because he wanted to be close to his family here. ''When I left the country, soon after completing my MBBS, going to the US was the best option available to a medical graduate. Doctors wouldn't think of coming back because there were no good opportunities back home. But now it's different. The professional satisfaction I get working here is the same as in the US,'' he says. As India emerges as a healthcare destination, Bangalore finds itself on the global cardiac care map. Among the developing countries, hospitals here get patients from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the middle east and several African countries. Now patients are coming in from even England and the US. One of the main reasons why patients from the west come here is the long waiting period for a surgery in their country. For example, in England patients have to wait up to nine months for a cardiac surgery. Vishal Bali, vice-president -- operations, Wockhardt Hospitals says Indian corporate hospitals are now on a par with those in the west both in terms of management and technology. ''It is a big opportunity for Indian doctors abroad to come home. They have an edge over doctors here as they are trained and experienced in advanced technology,'' he added. According to him, patients prefer Bangalore because of quality health care. And doctors trained and experienced abroad have contributed to it. Read the complete news at: http://www.timesofindia.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 21 Shravan 5104, Monday, August 18, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Jivana Ritau Singh Mase Krishna Pakshe Indu Vasara Yuktayam Bharani Nakshatr Vriddhi Yog Vishti-Bav Karan Saptami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.