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India needs to achieve balance between quality and affordable healthcare
Medical expenditure is a cause of concern for a majority of the Indian population
Recent statistics indicate that the government spending on health care is Rs 1,112 per capita, which means only Rs 3 per day is spent per day for the healthcare of an average Indian. More than 60% of the registered doctors are concentrated in urban areas. India's spending on health is currently the lowest among BRICS nations.
Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, "Health perhaps was never one of the primary points in India's political agenda. The country has always seen out-of-pocket spending as a norm even as public hospitals make healthcare challenging for those whose voice cannot be heard. Given the large number of people still living below the poverty line, affordability of quality healthcare needs to be addressed by looking at both sides of the equation: the cost of delivery and the ability to pay for it. Insurance is an altogether different subject of debate. Apart from providing access to affordable and quality healthcare, there is an urgent need for the government to ensure a centralized health savings scheme with a centralized fund management. This will ensure bring services to a larger segment of the society and help in realizing the goal of healthcare for all."
All member states of the UN including India have committed to try to provide universal health coverage to all their citizens by the year 2030. Universal health coverage means good quality health care that is Available, Accessible, Affordable and Accountable.
Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, "While quality of care is always preferred, it may not always be feasible because it can increase the cost of treatment. What should then be the focus? Every hospital or health care establishment must try to improve and maximize quality within the resources that are available to them and with the best use of those resources. Poor quality service indicates poor utilization of resources. Both quality and affordability need to be balanced, especially in a country like ours, which has one of the highest out of expenditures on health in the world."
Affordable healthcare is also the theme for the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela this year, to be held from 24th to 28th October 2018 at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.
Some medical expense planning tips from HCFI
· Set a clear-cut savings goal every month. Use this only for the medical expenses.
· Keeps these savings accessible and readily available for a crisis.
· Just as a car needs maintenance, staying healthy requires maintenance too. Make sure you do not skip monthly check ups. This corpus can also aid in that.
About Heart Care Foundation of India
Initiated in 1986, the Heart Care Foundation of India is a leading National NGO working in the field of creating mass health awareness among people from all walks of life and providing solutions for India's everyday healthcare needs. The NGO uses consumer-based entertainment modules to impart health education and increase awareness amongst people. A leading example of this is the Perfect Health Mela; an annual event started in 1993 that is attended by over 2-3 lakh people each year. The Mela showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars and check-ups, entertainment programs, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. In addition to this, the NGO conducts programs and camps to train people on the technique of hands only CPR through its CPR 10 mantra for revival after a sudden cardiac arrest. They currently hold three Limca book of world records for the maximum number of people trained in hands-only CPR in one go. Keeping article 21 of the Indian Constitution in mind, which guarantees a person Right to Life, Heart Care Foundation of India has also recently initiated a project called the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund to ensure that no one dies of a heart disease just because they cannot afford treatment.
For more information, please contact
Heart Care Foundation of India
Md Adib Ahmed- 9873716235
Heart Care Foundation of Inia