Indian companies are uniquely positioned to help trim costs and minimise inefficiencies in the currently oversized U.S. healthcare system. The pharmaceutical, medical technology and health IT segments offer scope for a range of interventions that could be mutually beneficial
New Delhi now has the capacity to move beyond the basics of economic diplomacy by using the strengths of India's private sector in healthcare. Africa would welcome such an initiative, which will improve the health and development capabilities of African countries. This will also serve India’s geopolitical objectives and can precede a similar healthcare rollout to other regions
The propensity of Africa’s leaders to seek medical treatment abroad illustrates the little faith they have in their own healthcare systems. Given how countless Africans don’t have the resources to follow their leaders’ steps, there should be increased political will to make affordable healthcare available at home.
The recent death of the Ethiopean Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, in a hospital in Brussels highlights the trend of political elite in Africa availing medical attention abroad. It stirs yet another debate on the pitiable state of affairs of healthcare in the continent, and the lack of political will to improve it.