Trade in Health Services in South Asia: An Examination of the Need for Regional Cooperation

Posted: 25 Sep 2011

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Arindam Banik

International Management Institute

Prabir De

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Pradip K. Bhaumik

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sheikh Md. Monzurul Huq

Jahangirnagar University - Department of Geography and Environment

Bhuban B. Bajracharya

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 24, 2011

Abstract

This study was conducted in three South Asian countries viz: India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In order to gain insights into the trade in health services in India, the study examines the opinions of patients, hospitals owners and doctors involved in this service trade. A total of 190 foreign patients from SAARC countries that came to India to receive medical services, 20 hospitals across five metros, and 65 doctors active in offering professional services were surveyed using three structured questionnaires. Two case studies were carried out on two countries (Bangladesh and Nepal) to examine the demand aspects of health service trade. This study also aims to profile the health service sector of these two countries which might affect trade in health services. It focuses on the liberalization of health services and assesses the challenges and opportunities posed by the liberalization of trade on the provisions of health services and options for national policy makers. It further makes an effort to examine the barriers in health service trade in the two relatively small countries of South Asia. An effort is made to explore possible regional cooperation in health service trade among the above three countries of the SAARC region. The evidence is actually useful in order to understand commitments and challenges regarding trade in health services in the SAARC region.

Keywords: Trade in Medical Services, Trade Liberalization, India, Bangladesh, Nepal

JEL Classification: F10, F12

Suggested Citation

Banik, Arindam and De, Prabir and Bhaumik, Pradip K. and Monzurul Huq, Sheikh Md. and Bajracharya, Bhuban B., Trade in Health Services in South Asia: An Examination of the Need for Regional Cooperation (June 24, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1933088

Arindam Banik (Contact Author)

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Prabir De

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Pradip K. Bhaumik

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Sheikh Md. Monzurul Huq

Jahangirnagar University - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

Savar
Dhaka, 1342
Bangladesh

Bhuban B. Bajracharya

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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