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India plans to expand private sector in healthcare review

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:520
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian government has announced fiscal incentives to boost private investment in health care, promote India as an inexpensive health destination for foreign patients, and expand health insurance coverage.

    The federal budget for 2003-4, unveiled last week, has a package of measures for health that includes tax benefits to financial institutions that provide loans to hospitals with more than 100 beds.

    Private investments have fuelled the growth of corporate hospitals in several Indian cities in recent years, and the new incentives are expected to encourage private …

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