Healthcare in India: Why it is Important to Boost Indian Healthcare
Indian healthcare industry is a disappointment on various levels. Though we may have the best technologies and doctors, Indian healthcare still lacks infrastructure in terms of paramedics, clinics, diagnostic centres and affordable healthcare. To get a broader picture, we got Aman Gupta, Principal Advisory for India Health Progress (IHP), an independent call-for-action forum dedicated to improve health care across India, to explain how we can address the lacunae in health care in India
“The biggest challenge for India is the healthcare infrastructure financing mechanism,” says Aman Gupta. “We need to be innovative in building healthcare infrastructure. Along with infrastructure, India also needs a strong paramedical staff. An environment needs to be created which supports innovations. The government is working hand in hand with private sector companies involving pharmaceutical, healthcare and diagnostics to meet the challenges.” With a strong infrastructure we can prevent deaths and provide immediate help to people of different economic backgrounds.
To build the foundation of a strong healthcare system you need to conduct studies and research, how does IHP plan to help build the Indian healthcare system? “Yes, IHP regularly conducts studies/research on India’s healthcare. IHP has conducted studies on Healthcare accessibility with Dr. D Y Patil Medical College. Also IHP has conducted research on Healthcare Insurance and healthcare access in India with Pricewaterhouse Coopers,” points Aman.
What ignited IHP and its work? “In 2010, even after 63 years of independence, it was felt that the basic need of healthcare was not available to the general masses. For any healthcare need, the masses still spend about 65% to 70% of the total cost themselves. This showcased that a multi stakeholder platform is a necessity. With this necessity in mind, India Health Progress was constituted,” explains Aman Gupta. This is a common problem even for a middle class family and with escalating health problems Indians face at an early age; affordable healthcare in India is urgently needed.
Improving the healthcare in India seems like a mammoth task, how will IHP plan to connect different sectors in health and medicine? “IHP wants to ensure healthcare access for all through a strategic roadmap which has been chalked out with inputs from all the stake holders,” elaborates Aman Gupta. “We believe healthcare access should be the top priority of the government of India. A concrete action plan needs to be worked out with the involvement of Health ministry, Ministry of Urban Development, Finance ministry, healthcare care industry, pharmaceutical industry, medical fraternity, non government organizations and civil society too in turn involving the perspectives of all the stake holders.”
The list seems endless, but can IHP accomplish its goals and improve the healthcare India? This urgency to improve India's healthcare is one way to fight diseases. Providing immunisation to Indians can prevent several diseases, especially contagious diseases.
For further information on how you can help raise awareness about need to improve healthcare in India, contact India Health Progress.
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