You are here » Home » Chat Home » What can we expect from Budget 2017 for better health of India's healthcare sector?

CHAT

  • Dr Rana Mehta - Partner & Leader (Healthcare), PwC

    Dr Rana Mehta

    Partner & Leader (Healthcare), PwC

    DATE: January 18, 2017, 11:45 AM

    SUBJECT: What can we expect from Budget 2017 for better health of India's healthcare sector?

    BUDGET->BUDGET 2017

CHAT CLOSED. READ TRANSCRIPT BELOW

  • MODERATOR:

    Hello and welcome to a webchat with Dr Rana Mehta, Partner & Leader (Healthcare), PwC, on what we can expect from Budget 2017 for better health of India's healthcare sector. Please post your queries


    DR RANA MEHTA:

    Hello, everyone


  • R

    RACHIT TANDON

    Do we need more schemes in public healthcare sector or just allocating more money to the ongoing schemes will be good enough?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    I think we have a surfeit of schemes. Often funds allocated for schemes go unutilized. We need to focus on outcomes going ahead.


  • H

    HITESH SHARMA

    Dear sir, Can we expect a cap on medical insurance premiums? I am extremely concerned about this so-called nexus between hospitals and insurance firms driving up the cost of healthcare for ordinary Indians.

    DR RANA MEHTA

    Medical Insurances premiums are market driven and based on actuarial analysis of the risk pool. As the number of Insured rises this premium tends to fall or stabilize. There is a need for a robust medical fraud detection engine as part of the claims process.


  • T

    TRIBHOOVAN JEJANI

    Hi, Can we expect a strengthening of the Jan Aushadhi stores and more such stores coming up for providing affordable medicines?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    One fifth of the cost of treatment is made up of medicines Yes providing Medicines free/ at subsidized rates is going to be an important component of any Health Assurance program. However in line with Digital India initiative putting these stores online will greatly enhance accessibility.


  • P

    PERUMAL THANGAVEL

    Hi Sir, Will the BJP government introduce measures like Amma Marudugam introduced by our late beloved honorable Puratchi Thalaivi Amma in Tamil Nadu? Will Delhi politicians show they are world-class leaders of great statesmanship like our honorable Amma?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    The Government is taking measures to provide health insurance coverage to the majority of the population below the poverty line.


  • P

    PRATYUSH RAJ

    What steps should be taken to reach quality healthcare facilities to the bottom of the pyramid?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    Accessibility to healthcare in India is predominantly driven by affordability the National Health Protection Scheme envisaged by the Government will provide insurance to majority of the people below the poverty line. This will help them access quality healthcare facility


  • A

    AKASH

    What's your take on AYUSH? How effective do you think it has been so far?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    The Ayush system to a large extend compliments the current alopathy medicine. However it needs better standardization to demonstrate outcomes. A successful healthcare system in India would need to incorporate all systems of medicine.


  • A

    AKASH

    According to reports, India's healthcare sector is estimated to expand 15% CAGR to reach $158.2 billion by 2017. As of now, we have a total of 3,598 hospitals and 25,723 dispensaries across the country that offer AYUSH treatment. Can we expect more for AYUSH-branded hospitals in FY18 to ensure the availability of alternative medicine and treatment to people of India?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    CAM or Complimentary Alternative Medicine has seen significant growth in the developed economies. Hospitals in India are also exploring the possibility of offering such services in their current set up.


  • P

    PRATYUSH RAJ

    If the government spending on healthcare were to be increased, how should it be done?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    India has among the lowest spent on public health. The focus of the Government should be on preventing and promotive care. Secondary and tertiary care services could largely be procured from the private sector under National Insurance Scheme.


  • R

    RAM MANOHAR

    Do you think the focus would shift to improving or providing primary level healthcare rather than building more AIIMS-like hospitals in different parts of the country? Or, would the focus be scattered?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    The focus on Primary care will probably have the greatest impact on our county's healthcare outcomes. However the AIIMS do contribute to enhancing the quality of Medical Education in the country besides delivering care


  • P

    PRATYUSH RAJ

    Should we not go beyond market-driven opportunities to tackle the emerging threats, including chronic diseases, by using a multi-pronged preventative strategy? If so, how should that be done?

    DR RANA MEHTA

    Non communicable diseases pose the greatest threat not only to our healthcare system but could also be a roadblock to the growth of our economy Digital Healthcare promises cost effective 24/7 solutions to tackle this. However this will require close coordination between the private and public sector