Healthcare Industry in India

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Healthcare Industry in India
Last Updated: March 2013 Brief Overview The Indian healthcare sector is estimated to reach US$ 100 billion by 2015, growing 20 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y), as per rating agency Fitch. The industry is expected to touch US$ 280 billion by 2020, on the back of increasing demand for specialised and quality healthcare facilities. India is the most competitive destination with advantages of lower cost and sophisticated treatments, highlighted the RNCOS report titled 'Indian Healthcare - New Avenues for Growth'. The report further elaborates that several key trends are backing the growth of India's healthcare sector. "India is a very important market for many reasons. The government continues to invest in healthcare. We see that healthcare is expanding across the country. There is a growth opportunity and we continue to invest very much in India. There is so much innovation in India," highlighted Mr Adam H Schechter, Executive Vice President and President, Global Human Health Division, Merck. Market Size Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) investments in the healthcare industry in India are increasing rapidly. In 2012, the industry absorbed US$ 1.2 billion across 48 deals, according to research firm Venture Intelligence. The hospital and diagnostic centre in India has attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) worth US$ 1,542.35 million, while drugs & pharmaceutical and medical & surgical appliances industry has registered FDI worth US$ 9,783.31 million and US$ 584.14 million, respectively during April 2000 to December 2012, according to data provided by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Indian pharmaceutical industry is projected to show double-digit growth in near future owing to a rise in pharmaceutical outsourcing and rising investments by multinational companies, as per RNCOS report titled 'Indian Pharma Sector Forecast 2014'.The report highlighted that focus of the industry will shift towards capitalising the potential of tier-III and rural areas. Emerging sectors, such as bio-generics and pharma packaging will also pave way for the pharmaceutical market to continue its upward trend during the forecast period (FY 2012- FY 2014). Trends and Investments Healthcare providers in India plan to spend Rs 5,700 crore (US$ 1.05 billion) on IT products and services in 2013, a 7 per cent rise over 2012 revenues worth Rs 5,300 crore (US$ 981.50 million), according to a report by Gartner. It is expected to grow to 3.9 per cent to reach Rs 1,720 crore (US$ 318.52 million) in 2013, with most of this growth coming from enterprise communication equipment. Further, the hospital services market, which represents one of the most important segments of the Indian healthcare industry, is expected to be worth US$ 81.2 billion by 2015, as per a RNCOS report. Some of the major investments in the sector include:

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Temasek Holdings, Singapore's state-owned investment company, has invested Rs 140 crore (US$ 25.92 million) in the cancer care provider HealthCare Global Enterprises (HCG) LifeCell International Pvt Ltd has won funding of Rs 35 crore (US$ 6.48 million) from Helion Venture Partners. The investment will be used to increase LifeCell's market awareness and penetration in the country, said Mr Mayur Abhaya, CEO and MD, LifeCell Spice Global has made an investment of Rs 400 crore (US$ 74.07 million) in a new healthcare foray to launch multi-speciality Saket City Hospital in the New Delhi. The hospital will have 1000 bed capacity by the end of its third and final phase, expected by mid-2016 International Finance Corporation (IFC) is planning to invest around US$ 25 million in the India 2020 Fund II, a successor fund to India 2020 Fund I. The new fund has a target size of US$ 125 million and will focus on investing in Indian small and medium enterprises (SME) in healthcare, education, rural consumption and agribusiness Sri City, an integrated business city near Chennai, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Medical Research Foundation of Sankara Nethralaya to establish an eye care hospital and research facility

inside the industrial complex Apollo Group of Hospitals has launched its telemedicine service in Yangoon, Myanmar. The facility will allow Myanmar to consult Indian doctors and have accessibility to quality treatment and latest medical technology. As per company's press statement, the network will primarily provide infrastructure supports like Tele-Education, Tele-Medicine, Internet, videoconferencing and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services via satellite and fibre optic network Dubai-based health care major, DM Healthcare plans to invest Rs 2,300 crore (US$ 425.92 million) in Kerala over a period of three years. The Group aims to provide quality healthcare to people across geographies. The firm has close to 1,000 beds in India and is looking to take this up to 4,000 in two years' time by establishing clusters of 'Hub and Spoke Hospitals' in the Tier II and III cities Fortis Healthcare International plans to sell its 64 per cent stake in Dental Corporation Holdings Ltd, Australia, to UK-based Bupa for A$ 270 million (US$ 284.62 million). The firm's businesses span diagnostics, primary care, day-care specialty centres, and hospitals

Medical Tourism Medical tourism industry is pegged at US$ 1 billion per annum, growing at around 18 per cent and is expected to touch US$ 2 billion by 2015. "Medical tourism is an important segment because it allows most hospitals to charge a premium of around 20-25 per cent over what it does to local patients," as per Mr Rana Mehta, Executive Director, Leader - Healthcare Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). India attracts patients mostly from Africa, CIS countries, Gulf and SAARC nations, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, who come mainly for organ transplant, treatment of orthopedic, cardiac and oncology problems. Government Initiatives The Government of India has decided to increase health expenditure to 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17), from the existing 1.4 per cent. Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, also emphasised the need for increased outlay to health sector during the Twelfth Five Year Plan. Some highlights of the Union Budget 2013-14 presented by Mr P Chidambaram, Minister of Finance, Government of India, for the healthcare are as follows:

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Health for all remains one of the priority sectors for the Government The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been allocated Rs 37,330 crore (US$ 6.91 billion). Of this, the new National Health Mission that combines the rural mission and the proposed urban mission will get `21,239 crore, an increase of 24.3 per cent over the RE New National Health Mission will receive an allocation worth Rs 21,239 crore (US$ 3.93 billion) Rs 4,727 crore (US$ 875.37 million) has been allocated for medical education, training and research The National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly is being implemented in 100 selected districts of 21 States. Eight regional geriatric centres are being funded for the development of dedicated geriatric departments. A sum of Rs 150 crore (US$ 27.78 million) has been provided for National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy are being mainstreamed through the National Health Mission and Rs 1,069 crore (US$ 197.96 million) has been allocated to the Department of AYUSH Moreover, Rs 1,650 crore (US$ 305.56 million) was allocated for six AIIMS-like institutions

Furthermore, 100 per cent FDI is permitted for health and medical services under the automatic route. Road Ahead "Rising demand from the growing middle-class in India's large cities is fuelling growth in private sector healthcare. Large national and State Government programmes will spur growth along the primary (and secondary) care sector and public health domain," said Mr Anurag Gupta, Research Director, Gartner. In addition, there is substantial demand for high-quality and specialty healthcare services in tier-II and tier-III cities. All these factors are creating huge demand for healthcare services in the country.

Exchange Rate used: INR 1 = US$ 0.01851 as on March 17, 2013
References: Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Union Budget 2012-13, RNCOS Reports, Media Reports, Press Information Bureau (PIB

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