IAffordable Healthcare in India

Affordable Healthcare in India

Posted on 2017-04-26 1:34:55 by brics

Workshop on Affordable Healthcare by BRICS Chamber Of Commerce & Industry

India, with the second largest population in the world, comprises about one sixth of the world’s population. The dilemma lies in the fact that 70 per cent of the Indian population is living in semi-urban and rural areas, whereas ironically 80 per cent of our private and public healthcare facilities are located in urban areas. This makes the majority of its population suffer from lack of healthcare reach.

On one hand, we have outstanding hospitals that attract large numbers of patients from abroad. India has taken a leading position here, but on the other hand, although our services cost only about a tenth or a twentieth of what they do in the West, yet they’re still not affordable for the majority of India’s people – particularly those in rural areas.

To address this rising issue of Affordable Healthcare in India, BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industryorganised a workshop on this issue inviting eminent doctors, policymakers, government officials and delegated from various embassies.

Dr. P.K Dave, Chairman of Department of Orthopedics at Rockland Hospitals, former Director, AIIMS, was the Chief Guest for the event. Drawing from his experience, he stated some of the bottlenecks on the government’s part while formation of healthcare policies and their implementation. He focused on stricter maintenance of resources andreforms in medical/health education as few of the solutions to his stated problems.

The next guest speaker, Dr. A.K Mukherjee, Director General, Indian Spinal Injury Centre, New Delhi, started his speech by giving an overview of the global scenario. He focused his views towards the infrastructure and accessibility.

Dr. S.B. Shashank, the final guest speaker, Special Secretary, Health and Foodworks / Drug Controller, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, steered his views towards the “affordability” aspect by stating facts that showed that affordability is no more an issue for the poor only. He informed the audience about steps such as reservation of certain percentage of beds in OPD and ICU for the poor in private Delhi hospitals.

After such an informative speeches by the above mentioned guest speakers, it was time for a panel discussion, which had members such as, MR. Deepak Wadhawan, Director, All India Heart Foundation, New Delhi and Advisor at India Centre of Excellence project, World Heart Federation, Geneva, Dr.Devashish Saini, An AIIMS graduate, with MSHI (Master of Science in Health Informatics) from University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA and the founder of Ross Clinics and  Dr. Harish Bhalla, who wasselected for the Indian Council of Medical Research to work on the ‘Effect of Tobacco on Peripheral Vascular Diseases’ under the guidance of internationally renowned Prof. Dr. R. C Nigam Emeritus Professor of MaulanaAazad Medical College, New Delhi.

The panel discussion saw various viewpointsemerge, such as preventive versus curative healthcare, the structure of choosingspecialties forcing doctors to charge higher prices to recover their investments, and special mention by Dr. Bhalla about his work on setting up rural healthcare clinics in villages of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh which were deprived of availability of doctors.



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