This growth is further being fueled by new found interest of investor's community in healthcare. Private equityplayer's interest in healthcare was affirmed when 2006 saw a major deal of $33 billion acquisition of HCA (USA'slargest hospital chain). Same year saw another major deal in UK. General Healthcare Group (GHG) was sold byBC Partners to a consortium headed by Apax Partners, and the South African hospital Group Netcare for £2.2 billion.In last few years , many domestic and international Private equity players have already evinced interests in Indiahealthcare industry. $41 million investment in Indian healthcare in 2006 to $100 million in 2007 has beenconsiderable jump. Players like ePlanet Ventures, Groupe Limagrain, Lightspeed Advisory, Ajay Piramal Group,Singularity Ventures, Bluewater International Investment, Daninvest, Barings Private Equity Partners India,Reliance Life Sciences, Carlyle, Fidelity International, UK-based CDC Group, Blackstone, IDFC, HSBC, JPMorgan Private Equity Fund, American International Group Inc (AIG), Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, andGeorge Soros's fund Quantum and Blue Ridge have already evinced interests in Indian healthcare sector.The biggest of all announcements has been US-based Global Healthcare Investments and Solutions (GHIS),which declared a $500-million fund to invest in the booming Indian healthcare sector. GHIS will invest incompanies providing hospital services, including diagnostics, radiotherapy, wellness, health insurance and loyaltyprogrammes (behavioural modifications).This is followed by IVen-with corpus of $250 million. IndiaVenture Advisors have $200 million corpus for healthcaresegment. The investments would mainly be targeted at hospitals, specialty clinics, nursing homes, wellness chainsand health city projects.To add to this momentum, the Government of India is taking active steps in healthcare sector. To mention some- Ithas announced tax holiday for next five years for setting up new hospitals in Tier II and Tier III cities. It hasintroduced a medical visa aimed at assisting overseas visitors to travel to the country for cut-price hospitaltreatment. An initial visa is available for up to a year and can be used for up to three visits during the 12monthperiod.