First anniversary of the new government has been a mixed bag for the health sector in the country. Besides cutting down budgetary support for National Health Mission (NHM) and AIDS control, as many as 15 centrally-funded schemes have not been allocated any separate funds for fi scal 2015-2016.
To make matters even tough, the health ministry has been informed that all these 15 schemes will now be part of NHM. It is an ironical and a
difficult scenario for the health sector in the country as the budget for NHM itself has been slashed and it is difficult to understand how NHM is going to accommodate more schemes. Also, NHM was set up with a specifi c mandate of improving primary and secondary healthcare and merging of tertiary care schemes could hamper the money fl ow to these schemes at the cost of primary and secondary care components. With reduced funding, securing universal access to healthcare for all seems to be a distant dream for most Indians.
While public health may be in a dilapidated state, the healthcare industry is trying to keep pace with global changes and also trying to grab a share of the world health pie. Our cover story on molecular diagnostics, that offers the power of advanced analytical techniques to diagnose infectious diseases, explores how the emergence and growth of personalised and pharmacogenomic medicine is providing tremendous revenue opportunities for molecular diagnostics industry. According to global researches, India and China are slated to be two of the most lucrative markets to rollout the diagnostics business.
Our other story on the CT scanner market explores how rapidly changing and continuous upgrading of CT technology is one of the major contributors to the growth of medical imaging industry in India. The governments desire to increase the reach through PPP models and make primary care available in remote areas will further give impetus to growth of the CT scanner industry.
The story is also accompanied with viewpoints of the major players of the industry sharing their ideas and their future plans for the growth of their business plans and technological advancements.
Continuing with our initiative to encourage entrepreneurship in the healthcare sector that can open up further investment opportunities, we have again profiled two interesting start-ups. One looks at a medical networking mobile application that creates a network between doctors across the country while the other facilitates and compliments healthcare at home.
The information laden edition also looks at the eAushadhi scheme in Maharashtra and how the Maharashtra Public Health Department is changing the rules of performance in its drug inventory and supply management.
Hope you enjoy reading the edition.