India: stemming outbound medical travel from Kashmir

India’s Jammu and Kashmir administration has received proposals from top healthcare companies to set up 10 major hospitals in the union territory. This may reduce numbers going to India or Pakistan for medical treatment.

With few tertiary care hospitals and poor local healthcare, Kashmir faces a challenge in treating a huge inflow of patients as people flee neighbouring Afghanistan.

Plans to increase bed numbers by 2,500 in 10 hospitals will help. Several hospital chains and corporate groups have submitted proposals.

Virinchi Hospitals has submitted a project proposal for setting up a 500 bed multi-speciality hospital in the region.

HP Kapital has applied to create a hi-tech medical university with a 350 bed hospital and student accommodation, and Apollo Hospitals has submitted a proposal for a 200-250 bed super speciality hospital in Jammu.

Areesha’s Royal Hospital has also submitted a proposal for  a multi-specialised 500 bed teaching and referral hospital with a medical, nursing and paramedical college.

In January 2021, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved an ambitious central scheme to boost development of and investment in Jammu and Kashmir.