LONDON: The term “brain drain” once referred to Indian medical professionals, among others, going to the UK, but now opportunities are arising for UK healthcare providers and investors to invest in hospitals in India and go there to share skills and learn from their Indian counterparts.

According to McKinsey, India will have a total bed density of 1.84 per cent per 1,000 people against the WHO guideline of 3.5 by 2022. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is already in the process of building eleven 1,000-bed hospitals in India using the PPP model, providing employment to more than 3 lakh Indians at a cost of Rs 17,600 crores. Twenty per cent of patients will be treated for free.

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