Healthcare industry involves economic system which have prevention to cure services to the patients. It’s not only a sector of revenue and employment but also a welfare one. But unfortunately our country lacks far behind in investing in this sector. As per the World Health Organization’s 2000 report India ranked 112 out of 190 countries in providing health care, and spends less amount than BRICKS AND SAARC Countries! Why is this happening though the nation has highest GDP than many of the countries which are having much qualitative health care systems than us? Is it because of lack of knowledge of people or lack of support from government? if it’s because of lack of knowledge then this article would ensure in knowing the attractiveness of this sector as per it’s huge opportunities to invest.
As India is a country with huge population as per the requirements of the people and their changing life style and habits there is necessity in bringing a lot of medical advancement. The major areas for investment are like biological industries, pharmaceutical industries, research and development departments, hospital equipment industries, medical tourism etc,.
Tax benefits by Investing in In house research and development
As per the different diseases growing in people year by year there is requirement to counter them with right medicine, so rapid scientific researches takes place to meet the demand. Recently we had even seen making of quality stunts in India at lowest cost which was priorly purchased from other countries. So, the nation can save huge money by making on it’s own. And Even for the traditional diseases there is a requirement to advancement of existing medicine.
For the people who invest in R&D will also get huge tax advantages as per law. There is around 200% tax deduction for investment in R&D.
Medical tourism is emerging in India for it’s qualitative services, professional doctor’s and less fee compared to other nations. Many services are being offered under medical tourism in both public and private hospitals. As per a research in 2012 there were 2 billion foreigners who visited India on medical tourism and by this we can understand the scope. The rendering of these services for foreign currencies would develop foreign exchange and improve national economy.
Health care real estate
Health care sector need space to carry on it’s operations, and there is no rule that they only purchase space but also opt for leasing spaces on long term. So, for investment one can choose health care investment trusts and this is a better choice as the law also provides many favorable incentives for the investor.
By the adoption of privatization and globalization nation had attracted many FDI’s by equity capital, joint venture capital and other ways. The major FDI are in the drugs sector. Tax benefits are also provided with respect to import of foreign medical equipments. Medical devices industries can accept FDI’s upto 100%. And due to double taxation avoidance agreements with other nations is also a major reason to attract foreign investments. The depreciation rate on medical equipment has also been increased to benefit the hospitals.
People welfare schemes
Many schemes have been developed by the government for peoples welfare like ayushman bharat national health protection mission, mission indradhanush, community health scheme etc., and by donating to these schemes may give tax deduction. There are different schemes for employees like employees state insurance scheme for employees earning less than 15000 per month, central government health scheme, employee’s state insurance scheme, medicare etc,.
Many newly established rural hospitals have been exempted from tax for 5 years, to improve this system and encourage. And also high rate of tax benefits for hospitals with more than 200 beds.
Mergers and acquisitions
The mergers and acquisitions of companies increases scope in world at large. Many of our medicines are being exported to foreign countries. The collaboration of domestic companies with foreign companies gain new markets.
Investing in stocks
One can choose investing in stocks related to health care industries as pharmaceuticals which are of less risk like large caps to be on the safer side. Investment in many companies gives huge dividends. If we hold asset for 12 months for a listed security and 24 months for a unlisted security it’ll earn long term capital gain.
Hence, health care industry has a lot of scope to boom and it’s the right time for one to invest in this sector as every day our nation is opening new doors.
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