ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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INDIA-SRI LANKA AGREEMENT-Treading on Nationalist Corns

ferated in the last few years. In fact the 'demand' for medical technology has been created in several ways. In the last two years there have been several efforts to 'upgrade' medical practice by introducing short-term super speciality courses run by US-based doctors of Indian origin which has in turn led to the creation of a demand for new technology. The argument that our medical graduates must be exposed to modern techniques is being used to persuade health authorities to purchase expensive equipment regardless of their relevance. More directly, the government has given various incentives for importing medical equipment. For one thing NRI investment of upto 74 per cent in diagnostic centres has been permitted on condition that specified equipment is imported. For hospitals set up by NRIs equipment can be imported duty-free provided the institutions offer free service to 25 per cent of their patients. And any hospital which provides free care to 40 per cent of patients can import equipment paying a low 40 per cent duty. Simultaneously, the state health system has also moved towards technologising all levels of health care from the primary to the teaching hospital levels, ostensibly in order to provide better' care.

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