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FICCI Heal event highlights Indian healthcare needs to be in sync with PM JAY

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 16:50 Hrs  [IST]

Indian healthcare providers will now need to be in sync with the PM JAY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana) as it is now being positioned as the fulcrum of medical services in the country.

At the ongoing two day FICCI Heal 2021 held under the theme Transforming healthcare during Covid which kicked off today highlighted the need for collaborative approach to tackle a crisis like the ongoing pandemic.

In his key note address, Dr V K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog focused on how the government was working to widen the scope for schemes including PM JAY which is now the vehicle for secondary and tertiary care. It called on the healthcare providers to play an intrinsic role as the country with 6 lakh hospital beds had only 9,000 beds in the PM JAY segment. We must work to include the remaining hospitals into the PMJAY paradigm and need to shift from low volume to high volume and ensure modest return from this model.

“The government healthcare needs to strengthen its capability in emergency medicine. The PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana also talks about critical care infrastructure augmentation. There is a need for building a National Network of Excellent Emergency and Trauma System which has element of transfer ambulances part of intra-ambulance care,” he added.

Dr Paul also felt that the private sector needed to chip in valuable suggestions for the budget for next year as well as give ideas to strengthen the Ayush. There is a need to convert the district hospitals into medical colleges to help augment our human resources. He also urged the private sector to increase focus on DNB education for enhancing the specialist doctors in the country. “A large volume of beds is not being used for education. Every bed has to be used and the pathway is the DNB programme.

Sangita Reddy, immediate past president, FICCI and Joint MD, Apollo Hospitals Group said that, “India put up a valiant battle against Covid-19 and took various policy-making decisions, ramping health infrastructure and creating a human-centric policy towards vaccination. “The government recently announced the revision in the rates of PMJAY Health Benefit Package 2.2 which could encourage more private hospitals to join hands with the government.

Dr Alok Roy, chair, FICCI Health Services Committee & chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals said that healthcare is at the center-stage like never before. There is a need for augmenting and expanding these collaborations and advancements in innovations to a new level to help bring in the real transformation of our healthcare ecosystem.

Gautam Khanna, co-chair, FICCI Health Services Committee & CEO, PD Hinduja Hospitals & MRC delivered the vote of thanks and Dr Arati Verma, Co-Chair, FICCI HEAL and senior vice president – medical quality, Max Healthcare moderated the session.


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