Medi-Health Congress 2011 (Redefining Innovatio)

Venue: Chennai

Location: Ambernath, India

Event Date/Time: May 05, 2011 End Date/Time: May 06, 2011
Early Registration Date: Apr 15, 2011
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India as a country, even after six decades of its political independence, is still failing miserably to address the healthcare needs of majority of its population. Ironically, 80 percent of health facilities allocation in India is in urban areas, though 74 percent of India's population lives in rural areas. Further, about 85 percent of healthcare in India is channeled through private enterprises, which is beyond the reach of majority of Indian population. Though India boasts of a few multispecialty hospital chains, which offer medical services at par with the global industry, their prohibitive costs are beyond the reach of the majority of people. The fact that majority of the population is outside the safety net of medical insurance, further compounds the problem. India would require another 1.75 million beds by the end of 2025, according to the recent estimates. However, the public sector is likely to contribute only around 15-20 per cent of the required $ 86 billion investment. Thus, there is a huge gap between the privileged, not so privileged, and the underprivileged class in India, in terms of access to quality healthcare. To further add to the problem, the better skilled and educated are opting for greener pastures in metros and foreign countries, leaving rural India reeling under an acute paucity of high level medical specialists. At the very outset, we have to acknowledge that the main problem in India's health sector is not the unavailability of medicine and human resources, but their proper accessibility and distribution.