The Healthcare Alliance Presents Recommendations to The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee

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A delegation from The Healthcare Alliance, led by its Chair Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Founder Chairman

New Delhi, March 06, 2014 -(PressReleasePoint)- A delegation from The Healthcare Alliance, led by its Chair Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Founder Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group along with Prof. K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health of Foundation of India and Dr Jaishreeben Mehta, President, Medical Council of India, presented a range of recommendations that emerged from THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE: A COLLECTIVE VISION as four White Papers to the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a private event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee was joined by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in receiving the recommendations from The Healthcare Alliance.

The recommendations resulted from the deliberations of more than 500 thought leaders, policy makers, business and health leaders and industry experts from India and abroad at ‘The Future of Healthcare: A Collective Vision’. The global two-day healthcare conference organized by The Healthcare Alliance concluded in the national capital today.

The action agenda submitted to the Government by The Healthcare Alliance includes recommendations such as:

  • Setting up an institute for innovative healthcare service delivery
  • Establishing an innovation incubator for healthcare
  • Creating cells to exclusively deal with PPPs and innovative pilots
  • Developing the policy framework and institutional mechanism for health PPPs
  • Offering tax rebates to indigenously designed and manufactured healthcare products
  • Standardizing across key elements of health manpower development
  • Creating a policy framework to minimize entry barriers for medical education
  • Driving high-impact interventions and forging partnerships for large-scale outreach in healthcare
  • Allowing private players to manage primary healthcare centers in underserved areas
  • Partnering with community service organizations to build awareness about health challenges
  • Allowing health insurers to introduce products that meet community requirements
  • Facilitating scaling up of successful experiments in healthcare service delivery

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group who had envisioned The Healthcare Alliance and the Conference, said: “The current healthcare systems of countries would become unsustainable soon if they continue to function as they do currently. While healthcare is primarily organized within national boundaries, the issues and challenges involved are truly global. At the broadest level, sustainability and convergence are the two major issues to be dealt with across the globe. I am sure the solutions and the action agenda that have arisen from this two-day Conference would not only favorably impact healthcare in India, but also serve as a unique model for addressing health challenges globally.”

Proceedings from Day 2
The second and the concluding day of the Conference began with special addresses by health ministers from Botswana, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, and Sri Lanka who shared their vision of the future of healthcare with the audiences. This was followed by a special address by Krishna Udayakumar, Head, Global Innovation, Duke Medicine.

Plenary Session 4: Role of Innovation in Achieving Universal Access to Healthcare
Dr. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, set the context for the debate at the plenary session on the “Role of Innovation in Achieving Universal Access to Healthcare” while Dr. Victor Dzau, Chancellor, Health Affairs, Duke University and soon to be President of Institute of Medicine, USA delivered the keynote address. Thomas Kibasi, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company, proficiently moderated the discussion that included panelists from Sequoia Capital, One Family Health, Medicall, Swasth India, El Camino Hospital, and Labour Welfare Department, Government of India.

Panelists called upon the Government to set up an institute for innovative healthcare service delivery and an innovation incubator to fund innovators. They also suggested it should set up cells to exclusively deal with PPPs and innovative pilots, draft a PPP policy that is aligned with public policy goals, and offer tax rebates to healthcare products designed and made in India. The participants advised the healthcare industry to conduct “innovation expos” to showcase healthcare innovations, create a formal innovation alliance among multiple stakeholders to encourage innovations in the industry, and set up an in-house venture-capital arm to acquire innovative firms. Other recommendations included launching incubators for healthcare research at educational institutes and incentivizing faculty to conduct joint research with start-ups, industry and students.

The session also saw the launch of a White Paper by McKinsey & Company titled “Role of innovation in achieving universal access to healthcare.”

Plenary Session 5: Future Perfect
At the final session, one of the biggest of the two-day Conference, heads of Apollo Hospitals, Fortis Healthcare, Medicity, Narayana Health, and Stanford Hospital and Clinics along with the World Health Organisation outlined their vision of the future of healthcare for India and the world. Luminaries who spoke on the occasion included Suneeta Reddy, Dr. Devi Shetty, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Shivinder Singh, Amir Dan Rubin and Dr. Seif Seleman Rashidi (Minister of Health, Tanzania).

As the Conference drew to a close, Preetha Reddy, MD, Apollo Hospitals Group, proposed the vote of thanks and thanked the Government of India, Alliance Partners, Speakers, Delegates and the Organizing committee of Apollo Hospitals for all their efforts and greatly valuable contributions and for developing the recommendations

“The Future of Healthcare: A Collective Vision” is a first-of-its kind global healthcare conference to be hosted in New Delhi on March 3-4, 2014. With participation from over 15 countries and the presence of more than 500 delegates, the two-day event, hosted by The Healthcare Alliance, saw an impressive turnout of thought leaders, policy makers, senior Government officials, and business and health leaders from India and across the globe.

The main highlights of the entire Conference were its power-packed sessions focusing the immediate and urgent challenges healthcare that are need to be addressed to ensure a healthier tomorrow and the launch of four White Papers by knowledge partners of The Healthcare Alliance formulated by KPMG, Bain & Company, PwC, and McKinsey & Company.

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