Pakistan's Trade in Health Services with India
The project aims to analyze the scope of health services trade between India and Pakistan. Currently, limited data exists on the actual volume and value of trade, including the flow of patients across borders, number of visas issued annually for medical purposes, number of ongoing collaborations on medical research, the scope and demand for trade in pharmaceuticals, and the amount of medical equipment and surgical tools manufactured in both countries. More importantly, no analysis of the business process has been conducted for import of these goods and services including the costs of doing business in health services, costs of trade in pharmaceutical and surgical products. It would not be possible to identify key reforms related decisions needed to facilitate bilateral trade without collecting and analyzing information on these business processes. Through Key Informant Interviews, SDPI will engage with at least 100 informants in Pakistan, drawn from various stakeholder constituencies.
Identifying key decisions that governments of India and Pakistan need to take to rapidly increase the total trade in health services between the two countries.
To pursue targeted reforms through a people-to-people approach that engages key stakeholders as well as broader public constituencies in India and Pakistan.
Sustain the engagement between stakeholders in India and Pakistan through websites, social media, and continued policy engagement.
Project Status: Ongoing