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Standardization of home healthcare to benefit the aged

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The (QAI) on Saturday said it has set benchmarks for the industry, to open doors for respectable players and medical insurers thereby benefiting a large section of the country's population.

"The home is ready to witness a revolution with introduction of standardization," said QAI, an institutional member of the in Health Care (ISQua), which is a non-profit organization with members in over 100 countries.

"With set benchmarks, patients looking for will now have accredited players to choose from. Health companies are bound to to include in a bigger way, thus, making it a more affordable solution for patients," QAI said in a statement.

The need of in is high owing to a growing geriatric population, increasing incidence of chronic diseases, rising demand for affordable and shortage of hospitals beds.

Though the home is merely $6.21 billion, which is 2 per cent of the total Indian healthcare market, it is likely to become an integral part of the with an average growth rate of 18 per cent.

"The major challenge it faces is from the unorganized sector because of which perception is limited to manservants or with no medical experience," said QAI.

Gaurav Thukral, of and of the QAI's technical committee for drafting said: "It is imminent to regulate this sector to ensure highest standards of care for our patients."

Other members of the technical committee are Swetha Tada (Apollo Homecare), (Portea), Sudhakar Mairpadi (Homecare), Arkaprabha Bhattacharya (Homecare), (HCAH) and (Apollo Homecare).

B.K. Rana, of the said: "At QAI, our objective is to bring self-regulation through standardization in all sectors of the "

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First Published: Sun, April 22 2018. 00:06 IST