Updated on 2 April 2014
Finally, employers and in turn employees should be incentivised to remain healthy instead of reimbursing for acute care; India should strengthen the mandate for preventive health packages.
Q: What are your expectations from the next government for healthcare industry?
We expect that the government will give infrastructure status to the healthcare sector so that hospitals can get access to long term funding at competitive rates. Import duty on medical equipments should be reduced. Access to healthcare in rural areas needs significant improvement and the government should strengthen the emergency services at the primary health centre level. We need more doctors in rural areas and more that we will need to incentivize doctors to work in rural centers.
We need less stringent norms for setting up medical college so that private players can establish medical colleges within existing setups.The scale and scope of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) should be increased.
India can also further enhance its medical tourism prospects with fast track visa for medical tourism; the government can look at launching special visas for medical tourists.
We also expect the government to roll out enhanced screening programs for Non Communicable Diseases through National Urban Health Mission (NUHM)