What’s more important – Quality Treatment or Affordable Medical Care?

Indian Medical Talent at Global Level

Indian students have always been a first priority for selection in top notch organizations whether it’s overseas or within India. The number of Indian students going overseas to study rose a stunning 256% – from 53,266 to 189,629 – in just nine years (2000–2009) according to a study called “Indian student mobility to selected European countries: An overview” by researchers at one of India’s top business schools, the Indian Institute of Management–Bangalore.

Having said that I would like to draw your attention towards a few facts and figure. The United States remains the No. 1 destination for immigrant high-tech workers. But with U.S. visa quotas running out quickly each year, international recruitment efforts are increasing the flow of Indian software engineers to countries other than the United States. Austria, Australia, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom have all sought to recruit Indian software engineers. Many have either sent senior government officials here on recruiting trips or have told visiting Indian ministers of their domestic industries' plans to hire more Indian nationals. So that’s what the current scenario of the Technical is or engineering world is.

But have you ever wondered about the medical field. How popular are Indian doctors abroad? Okay let me take you through it. President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Narendra Kumar and vice-chairman of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) Satheesh Mathew spoke to one of the leading daily newspaper on the sidelines of the ‘Diamond Medcon’ at the Government Medical College here, which concluded on Monday. “Indian doctors in the U.S. is almost a brand name now and senior doctors are in very powerful positions, be it politically or financially,” said Dr. Narendra Kumar, who explained that the AAPI was an umbrella group under which various Indian physicians’ groups in the country functioned. U.S.-based Indian students accounted for 12 per cent of admissions to American medical schools. “This figure is excluding the numbers who come in from abroad,” he added. In addition, the number of residents or postgraduates in training at hospitals here, comes to 20 per cent, said Dr. Kumar.

Amritsar-born physician Birinder Ahluwalia has made it to the very top of his trade, with his BSA Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centre in Toronto rated as one of the biggest and best in this country. "Last year, we treated a record 70,000 patients and the numbers will be even higher this year. I don't know of any other medical centre in Canada treating more patients than us," Ahluwalia, who is equally well known in cultural circles as one of the founders of the city's Spinning Wheel Film Festival, said in an interview.

Germany has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. The use of the very latest therapies and medical equipment helps guarantee an exceptionally high level of care. Increasing digitisation is opening up new possibilities for medical care, as X-ray images and medical reports are available faster. And digitisation is set to grow even faster, lowering costs and bringing continual improvements in healthcare. In Germany, the average starting salary for medical graduates is higher than in any other field of study and currently lies at around €49,000 a year. On average, doctors in Germany are paid more than graduates of any other academic discipline. In the United States, doctors of Indian origin have considerably risen in the ranks of the medical community and the significant portion of the fraternity consists of specialists hailing from India, especially when this figure is compared with the total population of Non-Resident Indians based in there.

Indian doctors emigrating to the West constitute the largest number of foreign trained physicians in the USA (4•9%) and the UK (10.9%), the second largest in Australia (4%) and third largest in Canada (2.1%).

This data clearly points to the fact that if you are under the care and guidance of a doctor of Indian origin then be rest assured you are in safe hands which is again a direct indication to the fact that India has turned out to be one of the most popular and sought after destinations for Medical Tourism.