Health and health care services in India are one of the major concerns of the present times. Despite the constant efforts of the Government as well as the private sector, there are many challenges in this field, which need to be worked upon. Apart from efforts by the Government, Doctors, organizations, even the common man’s understanding and contribution is equally vital being a responsible and aware citizen.
Keeping in view the future health conditions in the country, one of the leading hospital chains in India, Apollo Hospitals in partnership with Republic has come together for one of the biggest media initiatives on healthcare called the “Future of Health” which is catalyzing progressive change towards a healthier India. To announce the initiative a summit was organised at the grand ball room of The Leela Palace, New Delhi. Through this collaboration, both partners aim to contribute towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #3, ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being at all ages which is essential to sustainable development of the country, by being the conversation starters on the subject.
As per IBEF, Healthcare has become one of India’s largest sectors – both in terms of revenue and employment. Healthcare comprises hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance and medical equipment. The Indian healthcare sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players. The healthcare market will increase three-fold to Rs 8.6 trillion (US$ 133.44 billion) by 2022. India is experiencing 22-25 per cent growth in medical tourism and the industry is expected to double its size from present (April 2017) US$ 3 billion to US$ 6 billion by 2018.
The summit saw the discussion on the theme “Future of Health”. The panelists included people from the likes of UNAIDS, Quality Council of India, IMA, WHO and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who offered different perspectives and opinions on how society can contribute towards building a better healthcare system in India.
On the occasion, Preetha Reddy (Apollo Hospital Vice-Chairperson) said, “In today’s times health care is a matter of deep concern because we want to bring changes but do not want to adopt it. We have to take the responsibility to make the change and need to change our thought process.” She further added, “We want to spend on luxury for adopting a good lifestyle but we do not want to spend time and invest towards health infrastructure and yet want things to change overnight. I believe making healthcare accessible & accountable is very important. The government has shown positive initiative and been bold enough to accept that we need universal healthcare and for that we need to take meaningful steps to achieve the same. The public and private sector need to work together to achieve this initiative where skills, manpower and infrastructure are made accountable for their role.”