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Conference on financing healthcare

Despite significant strides in healthcare, more than 60 per cent of expenditure on health in India is on out-of-pocket expenses. This is a major drawback in a country where a large segment of the population is economically backward.

To bring clarity on the matter, the Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Sanquelim,   organized a conference, Accelerating and Sustaining Investments for Financing India’s Healthcare Needs attended by over 170 delegates. Speaking at the event Chief Guest, Vishwajit P Rane, Minister of Health, said, “Goa has been the first in many healthcare initiatives and is successfully implementing the DDSSY programme. There are challengers but there have also been learning’s.  And I welcome suggestions where we can improve. I request GIM to suggest solutions to us from time to time and be a knowledge partner to the health department. We look towards GIM to offer us researched suggestions, solutions and guidance”

He added, “NITI Ayog has offered a good framework to work for state governments. Collaborations between the public and private entities can assist a great deal. Private medical collages can collaborate with district hospitals which will be excellent. We are also looking towards the possibility of creating efficient home care for the elderly where a community work force can be trained to offer care and support to the elderly at the local panchayat level. The elderly are often neglected and it is our responsibility to take care of them”. 

Alok Kumar, advisor, NITI Ayog, said, “Healthcare is not a T20 match. The solutions may take some time. There are drastic differences in the health systems across states. We have a highly fragmented healthcare system. Therefore, for us to believe that an identical approach will work across the country is an ambitious thought. State governments need to be more proactive on finding solutions to the healthcare needs and cannot expect strategy to be outsourced to the centre. Secondly we need to elevate the approach from being schematic to be systemic. There needs to be a certain elevation from being mere schemes to creating effective systems. Thirdly the roles within the health ministry ecosystem need to be clearly defined.”

Other speakers at the conference included, Hon Brig. Dr Arvind Lal, chairman and managing director, Dr Lal PathLabs, R Chandrashekhar, chairman, Centre for The Digital Future, Dr Kheya Furtado, assistant professor and Dr Ajit Parulekar, Director, GIM. 

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