Medical equipment imports from the country have risen to a record-breaking $3.8 billion last year, according to a report by the Indian Medical Association.
The data also showed that imports of medical equipment and devices increased by 10% in 2015 compared to the previous year, and that the number of doctors from India is expected to increase to 10 million in the next five years, from around 3 million today.
The Association of Medical Exporters (AmEx) said in a statement that the figures show that the medical infrastructure in India is improving.
AmEx said the numbers are the result of a large influx of new medical equipment from across the world.
“The rapid growth of medical technology, combined with the rapid rise of supply chains, has created a new opportunity for the industry,” the association said.
India’s pharmaceutical sector is also among the fastest-growing in the world with exports soaring by 60% last year to $3 trillion.
While the Indian government has pledged to spend $2.3 trillion on healthcare in the current fiscal year, a separate report by an Indian-based organisation says the country is on track to spend nearly half of its healthcare budget on drugs by 2022.
Dr Rupa Chaudhary, a professor at the University of Nottingham, said that while some parts of India were becoming more expensive, the country’s healthcare infrastructure was becoming more robust.
“The problem is that there is a lack of investment in hospitals and clinics, and they are not in the best shape,” she told Al Jazeera.
What is the Indian healthcare system like?
There are two primary types of healthcare in India: public and private.
Public healthcare consists of government-run hospitals, clinics, ambulances, pharmacies and health centres, with an estimated 5.7 million doctors, 1.3 million nurses and 1.4 million medical staff in total.
Private healthcare is available to individuals, small businesses and government-affiliated organizations, including hospitals, private clinics and private hospitals.
Doctors are paid at a fixed rate based on their age, gender, specialty, age group, education and other factors, with the government paying the rest of the costs.
It is important to note that the government does not have any insurance or pension schemes for doctors.
Some doctors have become known for their high fees.
Some hospitals are currently being run by non-government organisations such as community health centres and community health laboratories.
Medical services are generally delivered by private healthcare providers.
The Indian government provides free medical tests and tests and surgeries.
A person must be able to pay a premium for a specific test and treatment, but the government also has the option of charging a surcharge if the test or treatment is not necessary.
Currently, only about 4% of Indians are covered by health insurance, and the government estimates that it will take more than a decade for the number to reach 100% coverage.
What are the key health concerns?
Many of the most pressing issues for Indians are health care.
India has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the Western world and one of its highest death rates in India.
Although it is not a developed country, it has the third-highest infant mortality rate in the developed world, behind only the US and Japan.
India also has high rates of diarrhoea, hypertension and diabetes.
India’s infant mortality has dropped by almost half in the last three decades.
India has also made rapid progress in lowering maternal mortality rates.
The country has seen rapid progress on HIV and tuberculosis control and is on course to reduce the death rate from the disease by half by 2020.
In 2015, India witnessed the largest HIV/AIDS pandemic in history.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1.5 million people died of the virus, the highest death toll since 1950.