Editorial

Union Budget Enumerates Vision of ‘Health for All’

Dr. Ravi Gupta

The Indian Healthcare is on the cusp of transformation with technology and innovations playing a crucial role in resuscitating whole spectrum of care delivery system. In the wake of India facing triple burden of diseases including burgeoning NCDs, lifestyle related issues, and infectious diseases, accessible and affordable healthcare is need of the hour.

Despite the fact that the sector is growing in unprecedented manner especially in last two decades, offering huge scope to stakeholders, a lot needs to be done to tackle existing underlying challenges on different fronts.

Acknowledging various fault lines in the healthcare sector which need to be repaired on urgent basis, the Government has come up with a series of announcements. While presenting the first Union Budget of the new decade in the Parliament, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted Government’s vision to create a happy and healthy India.

Our latest magazine is based on the similar theme which explores how policy measures would impact the healthcare paradigm in coming years. The cover story ‘Healthcare Leaders Decode Union Budget 2020’ encapsulates analytic viewpoints of healthcare leaders.

The experts extrapolate different announcements pertaining to healthcare infrastructure, cess on import of medical devices, and ramping up number of skilled workforce. The latest issue also carries a special feature on Indian diagnostic industry, highlighting various facets including opportunity, challenges and the role of PPP model.

It also carries vision on healthcare delivery system shared by policymakers including Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare, Government of India; Jai Pratap Singh, Minister, Medical and Health, Family Welfare, Mother and Child Welfare, Govt of Uttar Pradesh; and Atul Garg, MoS, Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Mother and Child Welfare, Govt of Uttar Pradesh at Elets Forum.

We also have interviews of Niira Radia, Chairperson, Nayati Healthcare; and Dr Madan Mohan Rao, Managing Director, Hope Children Hospital, Hyderabad, who talk about the various initiatives undertaken to cater masses along with their expansion plans.

With this bouquet of articles, special features and interviews, we hope this latest issue will invite an invaluable feedback of our readers.

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