The minister said that in 12th Plan period, the government would strengthen initiatives to provide Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country , giving access to essential range of medicines and treatments for the population.
For the overall development of AYUSH services, educational institutions, quality control of drugs and medicinal plants, the government was planning to implement a National AYUSH Mission through which traditional systems of medicines were intended to play a critically important role in UHC, she pointed out.
Ms Sangita Reddy, Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals, while presiding over the session said that the mismatch between demand and supply of healthcare has grown exponentially. This needed to be addressed urgently so that the growing gap is bridged and India is able service health requirements of the people.
Over the past few years, India made significant achievements in the field of healthcare but lot more needed to be done through the public private partnership route, she said.
Dr Jayesh B Shah MD and President,AAPI , USA, in his observations, said that a good number of doctors of Indian origin serving in USA have begun to treat patients in India whenever possible through various pilot projects one such SEVAK launched in Ahmedabad. The doctors in USA have sense of belonging and they feel that it was now their turn to serve their motherland with altruistic purpose.
Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Hearts Institute, talked about rising opportunities in the healthcare sector which could be tapped with joint efforts of the government and the private sector. The policies exist to creating infrastructure facilities required to address health issues but actions were missing for which blame did not lie with government alone, felt Dr Seth.