Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Mr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the FICCI Heal 2015 on 30th Aug’15 at The Federation House, New Delhi. This two – day flagship Healthcare Conference was organised in association with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Pankaj Patel, CMD, Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd., Dr. Arvind Virmani, Mentor – Public Policy and Economics, FICCI and Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and Chairman and Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals also addressed the inaugural session.
Addressing ‘FICCI HEAL 2015’, the annual flagship healthcare conference of FICCI on the theme, ‘India’s Healthcare: Time for Paradigm Shift’, 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 is 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 is 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.
Dr. Singh said that India as a nation is evolving at a fast pace and for a paradigm shift in healthcare, global influence needs to be considered. No more one would work in isolation as globalization is impacting every sphere of life. He added that there is a need to find radical solutions to India’s healthcare issues by experimenting and adapting new technologies.
Two knowledge papers, FICCI – KPMG Thematic Paper on ‘Healthcare: The Neglected GDP Driver’ and FICCI – IMS Health Knowledge Paper on ‘Raising Capital in Healthcare’ were released during the inaugural session.
Dr. Arvind Virmani, Mentor – Public Policy and Economics, FICCI & Founder Board Member, Forum for Strategic Initiative, said that ‘Digital India’ platform should be leveraged to provide e – health, e – medicine and e – learning to rural areas. Private sector should help the government in making e – platforms more effective by strengthening public health systems.
Pankaj Patel, Vice President, FICCI and CMD, Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd., said that the national movement for ‘Swachh Bharat’ can be viewed as ‘Swastha Bharat’, as it comprises a series of public health initiatives. FICCI believes that a ‘fourth layer, the pre-primary layer’, below the primary care needs to be created to ensure continuum of care for a billion plus population as the traditional three tier system has not delivered the desired result. Also there was a need to evolve workable PPP strategies to collectively face the challenges and build on each other’s strengths.
In his theme address, Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and Chairman and Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals India, said that there is a need to look at preventive healthcare and take a holistic view of the healthcare scenario. Also, the cost of healthcare services delivery has emerged as one the biggest challenges for the sector. He added that healthcare sector could provide employment to a large section of society and there is a need to demonstrate a thought-process to move ahead in this direction.
He said that health of the nation is important as it has an impact on country’s economy and growth. In India, 70 per cent healthcare services are being delivered by the private sector and the government is largely playing the role of a facilitator. In the last few decades, India witnessed a change in its diseases where now the focus is on 60 per cent non-communicable diseases rather than communicable diseases. Hence, there is a need to not just focus on preventive healthcare but also in services delivery to deal with both communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Ashok Kakkar, Co-Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and MD, Varian Medical Systems International India Pvt Ltd., said that the conference brought to light many valuable insights and showed how the a paradigm shift in healthcare could be looked at from multiple perspectives. He added that FICCI Heal is designed to allow stakeholders to deliberate on the current and relevant issues faced by the industry.
Also, present on the dais were Vishal Bali, Co-Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and Asia Head – Healthcare, TPG Growth and Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Senior Director, FICCI.
Dr. V K Subburaj, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, and Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Limited, were the Guests of Honor for the event.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minster of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences also attended the awards ceremony.
The FICCI HEAL 2015 addressed the various opportunities and challenges to promote innovation which can change the current paradigms and move towards better, efficient and cheaper methods for accessible, affordable and quality healthcare in India.