We need to complement the government healthcare system through PPP model, says Dr Om Tantia, Medical Director, ILS Hospitals to Elets News Network (ENN)
The ILS (Institute of Laparoscopic Surgery), is mainly focused on laparoscopic surgeries and we are doing all the possible developments in this field. We are one of the pioneers of the minimal access surgeries in laparoscopy in the east and we grew from eight beds to 400 beds and we are complimenting this growth with skilled manpower and apt infrastructure. Today, we have the capability to deal with multiple disorders and we are properly equipped to handle any critical care. But obviously our prime focus is laparoscopy. Over the years, we have excelled in pediatric surgery and diabetics related surgeries. We are also forging ahead in cardiac surgeries in our newest unit which is bustling in the Dum Dum area of Kolkata. We also have a very strong team of doctors in our gastroenterology department and we are doing quite well in it.
The healthcare industry of the East has huge potential and it is growing pretty fast. This is a service based industry, which is catering its services to the lowest strata of the society. So I believe the entire industry is riding on factors such as philanthropy and has to keep its human face alive. We are regularly dealing with ailing people who come to us for treatment and believe in us blindfoldly. Every day newer and newer inventions are coming in and the industry is growing manifold.
Government, Private Bonhomie
It is definitely not possible for the government healthcare system to deal with all the challenges of healthcare alone and at the same time it is also not possible for private healthcare to cater this massive population for free. So we have to find out a balance between the two. We can complement the government healthcare system through PPP model and it will benefit us both.
The need for digitising tertiary healthcare is very important and we must digitise the records which will help us in building a massive pool of data which will help in the overall development of healthcare.
We cant have a tertiary healthcare in the rural areas of Bengal. We have to segregate the manpower the infrastructure as per the need of the rural healthcare and we have to establish a very strong system to address the problems of rural healthcare. We also have to completely hone and polish the existing infrastructure of rural healthcare and create a proper system through which the best possible services can be provided to the rural population in India.
Ushering Affordable Healthcare
ILS as an organisation is working actively towards affordable healthcare and we embedded stringent policies which promotes affordable healthcare. We offer free healthcare facilities to people from BPL category and we also treat all thalassemia patients free of cost. ILS also conducts free surgical camps in Haridwar and through these camps we take healthcare to the underserved and underprivileged of the society.
Minimal Use of Defensive Medicine
We should and we must cork the use defensive medicine, which is increasing within the healthcare canvas. The use of defensive medicine is something detrimental to the patients and the government alongwith and judiciary and medical councils should take cognisance of this issue. It is an evil in the entire medical system and it is slowly but steadily diminishing the entire glory of this profession. The defensive medicine soars the healthcare cost of the patients and it is the foster child of the modern healthcare system. It increases the health risk and degenerate the relation between the patients and doctors.