FICCI Heal 2013 (http://www.ficci-heal.com/), an annual healthcare conference by FICCI was inaugurated today with theme “Sustainable Quality Healthcare”. The conference being held on 2nd – 3rd September will focus on the challenges by private healthcare sector for affordability and sustainability. The conference purpose is to highlight the issues that have great significance in influencing quality and cost of delivery through hospital planning, infrastructure, operations and innovation in technology and practice. Panellists would also share the insights on the myth that adherence to quality standards will raise the cost. Integrating and mainstreaming AYUSH system of medicine will also be a part of the discussion house.
In this context, two compelling Papers on Costing in Healthcare and on Innovations in Healthcare were released. The Working Paper titled “Universal Health Cover for India: Evolving a Framework for Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies” delves into aspects relating to provider reimbursement mechanisms for inpatient care and suggests a framework for tariff determination based on differential cost structures on account of quality, geography and severity of clinical conditions; centrally determined reference tariff rates based on a formula that recognizes relevant costs, quantum of government sponsored patients served; rewards for performance and timely tariff revision.
FICCI also released another Knowledge Paper titled “Reinventing Affordable & Universal Healthcare through Innovation” which looks at the innovation landscape in the country and makes recommendations to translate potential in to successful innovation by creating a curriculum for creativity in education, framework for Industry-Academia engagement in translation research, incentives for the MSME and sharing of risks in innovative entrepreneurial initiatives, increased allocation of funds for investing into innovation, Insurance driven Demands, governance of Intellectual Property and creating an industry framework for innovation.
Ms. Sangita Reddy, Chairperson, FICCI Health Services Committee & ED (Operations), Apollo Hospitals Group, says, “a combination of improvement in rural infrastructure, innovation and technology initiatives to improve access have the potential to universalize access of healthcare. The need of the hour is to create an environment where public and private ventures can work sustainably towards providing quality care to the people”.
Elaborating on the conference theme, Mr Rajen Padukone, Co-chair, FICCI Health Services Committee explains “there is a need for policies that will promote meaningful collaboration between the private and public sector. The conference will bring together the policymakers and heads of leading healthcare organizations to share opinions and best practices and will aim at generating realistic recommendations on the way forward.”
Expressing his views on the medical technology sector, Dr GSK Velu, Co-chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and MD, Trivitron Healthcare says “Success in India will depend on establishing local and regional operational capabilities and delivering new innovations, low-cost manufacturing network, R&D, and market-specific commercial operations and capabilities.”