This episode of “Future of Health” by Apollo Hospitals, brings to you the statistics and detailed information about the infrastructural development in healthcare and medical sectors of India.
The failure to provide timely medical care to the patients amounts to the violation of the right to life under Article 21. Due to the rising incomes, greater health awareness, lifestyle diseases, and access to insurance will make the Healthcare Industry reach 72 billion by 2022 and the hospital industry to 8.6 trillion by 2022. Indian healthcare is categorized into two parts – public and private. But is India ready with the updated medical infrastructure, is it big enough?
“If any of us have a health problem, we are all concerned, and this is not something which is unusual because we know that health care in India is an expensive process. But you will be surprised that the cost in India is, in fact, 1/10th that a person would have to spend if he was in the USA or in any other advanced country. This is because of the huge population that we have.” -Dr. Aftab Khan (Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata)
The population of our country has exploded drastically from 760 million in 1985 we have reached to 1.3 billion in 2019, which in turn helped the healthcare centers to grow in the country but not at the same proportion as the population. Commercialization of medical care is turning to be a hazard and the solution to this problem is to make India focus on health care routines for a successful and developed nation.
The healthcare distribution to the population in India depends upon certain factors -
* The need to have hospitals and primary health centers where the population can easily reach.
* The need to have trained personals which include doctors and paramedical staff of including nurses.
* The need for updated and latest equipment and medicines.
* The need to spread awareness among the patients.
* The most important factor, we need to have the finances for patients to get the treatment done.
Due to weak and low medical facilities in Nagaland people suffer a lot. Such was a story of a 13-year-old who had a hole in her heart. Bovirhu Krocha’s heart was on the right side which was a very rare case and she was taken to Apollo Hospital, Kolkata, where she got a free heart treatment given by the government of Nagaland under the RBSK scheme – Rashtriya Bas Swastha Karyakaram, which states any children from 0 to 18 years of age, whoever has a heart problem, can get medical treatment free of cost.
To cater to these issues the Government has taken many steps and solution to make India a better place. It has taken initiatives which include policies and schemes like,
* Ending open defecation 2014
* Ayushman Bharat
* Rashtriya Swasthiya Suraksha Yojana 2018
* Swasth Bharat Mobile Application
* E- Raktkosh
* India fights Dengue
Can the government or private players be a solution to India’s ailing healthcare infrastructure? Watch the video to know more.