WE are seeing the first signs of a reverse brain drain in the healthcare
sector, which is expected to only grow over time. The emergence of modern
corporate and investorowned hospitals in the country is steadily luring more
and more NRI doctors back to home turf.
And unlike other sectors, where compensations at par with international levels
have been the main draw, doctors are actually taking pay cuts to work in
Fortis Healthcare, which is slated to open their first Rs 155-crore
multi-speciality hospital at Mohali i June, have NRI's heading all their
``We have nine doctors on board so far, of which 5 are from the US,'' says
director, corporate marketing, Fortis Healthcare, Janak Bajwa.
At Max, five out of the 35 doctors on board are from the US. Max recently
opened up a diagnostic centre and two Dr Max clinics in the capital. The total
planned investment for Delhi is in the region of Rs 400 crore, which will
include 25 small clinics, 4 large diagnostic centres and 2 large hospitals.
Apollo Hospitals, the country's first investor-owned hospital, has 150
full-time doctors on its panel in Delhi, of which 138 are NRI's.
So what's making home the best place to be? One big draw is the emergence of
truly world-class facilities with the increasing amount of private capital
flowing into the business. ``Doctors expect a certain level of sophistication,
which is now possible with the growing number of state-of-art hospitals in the
country,'' says MD, Apollo Hospitals, Dr Yogi Mehrotra.
Dr Rupinder Singh, who gave up 12 years in the US to work as head of emergency
care at Fortis and Dr Nirmal Joshi, who put 15 years in the US behind him to
work as medical director at Max, agree.
``I have been wanting to come back to India for the last two years, but didn't
find a decent hospital that I would be comfortable working in. The Fortis
facility is top of the line. Its like having a US hospital transplante
here,'' says Dr Rupinder Singh.
The chance to be a part of a new and exciting healthcare delivery system and
give back to one's own country is also a huge motivator for Dr Singh, who
accepted almost a 40 per cent pay cut to do this.
Dr Joshi, also driven by the need to give back to the country and to give his
two children a firsthand feel of their roots, says salaries here becoming
closer if not identical to salaries elsewhere in the world, have made these
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