Need for shift in health pol­icy struc­ture & func­tional norms to achieve global health­care stan­dards

FICCI Business Digest - - In Focus -

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'.

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