The "Future of Health" is an initiative by Republic TV and Apollo Hospitals - which are a chain of world class hospitals all over India, providing Indians with better healthcare.
This final episode of "Future of Health" provides an overview of the mindset of the Indians regarding their health.
A very common problem with the Indian society is the lack of seriousness when it comes to the health of an individual. Half the population believes that eating better and regular exercise can ensure a healthy lifestyle. However, in many cases, people choose to browse remedies instead of seeking medical aid. This attitude is usually caused by psychological and monetary issues.
India, today, is dealing with population and non communicable diseases as its biggest foe. The taken-for-granted health conditions can lead to diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and even obesity. These diseases are chronic which lasts longer in your body and spreading its effects slowly yet steadily. They are caused by a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental factor. Despite a general awareness amongst people about a need for a healthy lifestyle, maintaining the same becomes difficult.
The current global and Indian health scenario is leading towards a tsunami of health problems which will also have a huge and unfathomable economic downfall. The only way to avoid the same is through preventive healthcare. With the development of technology, there has been a lot of development in the healthcare sector, even then, it remains less than adequate. Proton technology, is now considered the best among cancer treatments.
In recent times, there has been a lack of trust in the doctors. Cases of mob attacks on doctors are filed all around the country. The patients and their closed ones need to put a little more faith in the profession of medicine and believe that a doctor tries his level best to ensure that the patient walks back home - healthier and happier.
The problem also lies in the fact that the healthcare is not affordable for a large section of the population. Cost of medical aid has been increasing leaps and bounds over the years. The best treatment for any disease can cost a whole lives' saving and yet it is the only way to ensure a faster recovery and a fitter future. The gamete of health insurance comes into play at this point when the common man can afford stellar health care facilities.
The only way around is a healthier lifestyle which is as easy as walking a few steps and laughing a little more.
"For an ideal future of healthcare, the common man should be able to go to the hospital and get world class healthcare, as is available all over the world. The government is talking about giving good care to the villagers, to the lower economic society. What they should do is make healthcare accessible to every nook and corner of the country by paying small amounts of money, they should be fully covered by insurance, they should be go to the local hospital, which is fully equipped. That is what I would say is classic and world class healthcare. Insurance card should be given to them and moreover more importance should be given to preventive healthcare rather than treating diseases once the patient is already affected." - Dr. Balachandran Premkumar, Senior Consultant Minimal Access, Robotics and Bariatric Surgeon, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Chennai