Forging partnerships between the public and private sector is the way forward for the healthcare sector in India
At 9th India Health Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), eminent personalities from the Government sector participated at a single platform to find way and address the challenges faced by the healthcare sector. “Though India has earned international accolades for its collective efforts at containing Polio, significant reduction in IMR and MMR, the delivery and outcomes of healthcare facilities need to be improved further”, said Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health & Family Welfare at the summit. He also released the report, prepared by McKinsey for CII, titled, “India Healthcare: Inspiring possibilities, challenging journey”, which provides various stakeholders with an integrated view of the healthcare sector in India by 2022.
Addressing the 9th edition of the India Health Summit, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, asserted that there exists consensus on the fact that India is lagging behind in the provision of healthcare facilities in terms of both the outcomes and money spent by the Government. To solve this anomaly, the 12th Five Year Plan documenthas accorded increased significance to healthcare by raising the share of total public expenditure on health, he added. “We are determined to put health on national and social agenda by increasing the public-spend on healthcare in the country in the years to come”, he said.
Shri P.K Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, highlighted that there is an urgent need for strengthening the public healthcare system in such a way that there is a seamless transition between primary and secondary healthcare facilities in the country.
In his special address, Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman, CII National Committee on Healthcare, remarked that the quality of medical education needs to be improved in India with special focus on the up hauling of both the quality and quantum of doctors in the country. The skills of the ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers need to be enhanced, in order to improve the delivery of service in the rural sector. The creation of the HSSC is a step in this direction, he further added.
Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice-Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Limited, in his address remarked that to ensure availability of affordable healthcare services in the country, forging public-private partnerships is the only way forward. Additionally, there is also an urgent need for improving the transparency and accountability on the cost of delivery of healthcare services, he added. Dr Prathap
C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, added that time has come for the healthcare sector to be accorded infrastructure status
in order to improve the sector’s outcomes and platform of delivery access across different sections of the society.
Addressing one of the earlier plenary sessions held during the day on the topic, “Healthcare Blueprint for India”, Shri Keshav Desiraju, Special Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, remarked that the affordability of the healthcare services could be improved further by ensuring adequate insurance cover for the population. There exist a scope of improvement in strengthening regulatory facilities in the field of healthcare in the country, he added.