Moving towards a sustainable and resilient healthcare system, that can handle Covid plus other disease burdens

The Covid-19 pandemic has been tested like never before in global healthcare. The vulnerabilities of the industry were revealed worldwide and the same questions were raised in every part of the world: how can we contain the virus and end the pandemic?

The answer to this lies in the collaborative efforts of Our government and the health ecosystem are working together on all issues – providers, healthcare workers, diagnostics, medical research, and scientific innovation.

Around 53% of the countries surveyed had interrupted hypertension care services; 49% had diabetes care and associated complications; 42% had cancer treatment, and 31% had cardiovascular emergencies.

When we tackle the worst pandemic of the century we need to continue working together to improve healthcare at all rates.Our spending on health care needs to be increased, with focus on “complete” preventive, primary and tertiary healthcare. We invest just 9.6 per cent of the total spending on health care prevention.

  • Increased health expenditure for the realization of the Aarogya Bharat dream to reach at least 2.5 per cent of GDP. At the same time we need to attract fresh investment across all healthcare levels, as well as in Tier 1 , 2 , 3 cities and hinterlands.
  • Ramping up efforts against R&D.
  • Telemedicine consultations, e-ICU and e-pharmacies: Take advantage of these to provide equitable access to healthcare and accelerate steps to build the national health stack.
  • Increased resilience of supply chains for healthcare: It is time to rebuild and quickly track digital transformation across supply chains in pharmaceutical, medtech, and logistics.
  • Strengthening and retraining healthcare workforce: This must be achieved across the healthcare spectrum not just to resolve the shortage of physicians , nurses and other paramedics, but also to tackle the current digital change dynamics. Read More
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