Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2016)
Health Care Services in Saarc Countries with Special Reference to India and Nepal
Author(s): Abhishek, Dr. Rajesh Kumar Shastri, Dr. Ambalika Sinha
Abstract: Globalization is characterized by the free flow of business, technology, services and human resources across national boundaries of the countries. This is also presenting an ever-changing and competitive environment amongst the companies and countries. Health care services are also impacted by globalization due to the development of global standards of health service quality and international relations between the countries. Human resources are the core of any country, so health systems and the success of any health care system depends upon efficient and effective delivery mechanism to human capital. SAARC member countries are also collaborate for the health care services. Health and population activities were one of the major areas of cooperation as identified by SAARC member countries. The SAARC member countries primary focus on maternal and child health, primary health care, disabled and handicapped persons, control and combating major diseases in the region such as malaria, leprosy, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, rabies and AIDS. Important health issues have also been at the centre of SAARC social agenda. In SAARC member countries India and Nepal have mutual understanding of the health care services. Government of India is providing assistance to Nepal. Netra Jyoti Sangh for School Eye Health Care Programme in Nepal is as part of the India-Nepal health Cooperation Programme. Nepal has a strong relation with India in terms of medical services, assisted by an open border, a visa waiver programme, and similarity in languages. India is a common destination for Nepalese students and doctors to pursue medical education and avail the fellowships. The government of Nepal should take advantage of geographic and cultural similarity between Nepal and India. Nepal government is also promoting Medical Tourism in Nepal in other medical sectors like ENT, Heart Surgery, Ayurveda, etc. Nepal can be developed as a hub for medical tourists and economical treatment destination especially from neighbouring states of India.