Infrastructure – the backbone of a hospital
This article talks about the critical analysis of Indian hospital infrastructure and the scheme by Indian Government to boost the medical industry of the country.
IIn India, the private sector is becoming the preferred source of healthcare as government spending on health remains low, forcing people to seek private services. “One way to improve the quality and reach of the healthcare is to make optimum use of technology to bring doctors /health caregivers and patients together. A simple solution like Telemedicine deployed at rural healthcare centres could make a world of a difference. The best of the breed doctors would be available to treat the rural patients using a Video call. As it is, the availability of internet has spread across the country at a very fast pace. Why not make the most of it?” Thakkar said.
In fact, rural healthcare workers and even doctors can monitor and consult with patients virtually, with all of the required records, scans, and pathology images at their fingertips. Thakkar added, “The idea is simple – To give everyone the best possible care, wherever they are, whenever they need it.”
Schemes propelling the growth of Indian health sector
For progressive results of the country, the government’s initiative of Ayushman Bharat is the resolution to the urging need of health issues in India. This has advanced the healthcare scenario and will open the horizons for the underprivileged population of our country. This act seeks to resolve the widening gaps between the rich and the poor. With Ayushman Bharat initiative, the government has attempted to fulfill various shortfalls that have been plaguing our country.
“Millions of Indians are pushed to poverty because of high out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare each year and millions of others do not have access to healthcare for non-financial reasons. It is these segments of the population who stand to benefit most significantly from the implementation of the policy. In this context, Ayushman Bharat could be a step in the right direction for Indian healthcare system. However, implementation of such massive schemes also comes with a unique set of challenges,” commented Singh.
“The Ayushman Bharat scheme is a National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 5 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. This will be the world’s largest government funded healthcare program. The beneficiaries can avail benefits in both public and empaneled private facilities. To control costs, the payments for treatment will be done on package rate basis,” Thakkar said.
Singh points out few benefits to the doctors under this project, they are: Allotting land to private hospitals, providing funding for projects (Upto 40 per cent) which are deemed unviable by the private sector and speeding up clearances. The private sector will be allowed to ‘build, design, finance, manage, operate and maintain’ these hospitals in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. The component, pertains to creation of 1,50,000 health and wellness centres which will bring healthcare closer to the homes of the people. These centres will provide Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC), covering both maternal and child health services and noncommunicable diseases, including free essential drugs and diagnostic services especially focusing on preventive and promotive services and saving the cost in future from related complications.
Commenting about the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, Thakkar says, “While the intent of Ayushman Bharat is to get quality healthcare facilities to the poorest of the poor people, its implementation could be challenging. Why would a private hospital give the services for a predetermined package rate to the people? That would lead to a lot of bickering as the infrastructure costs of setting up a quality healthcare centre far outweigh the revenues especially when catering to the weaker section with a fixed revenue package.”
With Ayushman Bharat, the government seeks to change the face of healthcare industry of our country. With an increase in inflation, the government must cater to the needs of the entire population. Thus, the proposed initiative must benefit the whole nation. If implemented in the right direction along with fulfilling its purpose, Ayushman Bharat can definitely be a turning point in the health sector.