Need for shift in health policy structure & functional norms to achieve global healthcare standards
FICCI Heal is an annual flagship event of the Health Services Division of FICCI and is among the most eagerly awaited health conferences in India. This year's theme was 'India's Healthcare: Time for Paradigm Shift'. Over two days, the conference focused on the shift needed in the health policy structure and functional guidelines for achieving global standards of healthcare across the country. The conference saw large-scale attendance by policy makers and national and international leaders from healthcare and associated industries from India and abroad.
FICCI Heal 2015, with back to back sessions over two days from August 31 to September 1 on every aspect of the healthcare industry, concluded with a valedictory session on 'Disruptive Innovation and New Age Entrepreneurship in Healthcare.' It focused on the need for creating an enabling ecosystem to address cultural, infrastructural, financial and legal issues so that constant streams of indigenous innovations are available for market application. There was a strong emphasis on establishing a supportive regulatory system which is expected to play a vital role in encouraging start-ups in the manufacture of medical devices in the country.
At the inaugural session, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of NE Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister Office, Government of India, suggested that the government could provide public facilities and other support to the private sector for setting up clinics, medical schools, medical colleges and diagnostic facilities in order to supplement the efforts of the government in providing healthcare services.
Dr. Singh said that the Prime Minister's call for 'Make in India' should also focus on 'Make in India Strategies for Indian healthcare', aimed at management of diseases in the country. He added that there was a need for prioritization in healthcare delivery.
Referring to the gap in healthcare services delivery in urban and rural areas, Dr. Singh stated that there was a need for providing 600 million people in the rural areas with affordable health services. Rural areas largely remain without quality healthcare and lack equipment, and this issue merits attention immediately, he added.
On the occasion, the Minister along with other dignitaries released two papers, namely, FICCI-KPMG Thematic Paper on 'Healthcare: The Neglected GDP Driver' and FICCI-IMS 'Health Knowledge Paper on 'Raising Capital in Healthcare'.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of NE Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister Office, Government of India (4th from right), releasing the FICCI-KPMG Thematic Paper on 'Healthcare: The Neglected GDP Driver' and FICCI-IMS 'Health Knowledge Paper on 'Raising Capital in Healthcare'.