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Govt ensuring last mile coverage to provide health services to remote areas: Prof SP Singh Baghel, MoS, Health & Family Welfare, GoI

Oct 26, 2023


  • Need to address healthcare concerns of people in India who cannot afford quality healthcare


  • Industry should come forward in promoting blood donation and organ donation across country


NEW DELHI, 26 October 2023: Prof SP Singh Baghel, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India today emphasized that the government is working towards providing last mile coverage to provide health services to remote areas in the country. He further added that there is a need to address the healthcare concerns of Indians who are not able to access quality healthcare.

Addressing the 17th edition of ‘FICCI HEAL 2023’, Minister Prof Baghel further said that under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), the government, through telemedicine, is trying to provide medical coverage to citizens who cannot access affordable healthcare. He emphasized on the need to promote organ donation and blood donation through massive campaign and urged the industry to come forward to play a lead role in promoting these across the country.

Speaking on the success of Ayushman Bharat Program, Prof Baghel stated that over Rs 70,000 crore have been utilized under the PMJAY scheme to promote affordable healthcare in India. He informed that till date over 1.80 crore Ayushman cards and 2.31 crore Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) ids have been created. He urged FICCI to organise a consultative meeting with healthcare providers, empanelled under AB-PMJAY, with the Health Ministry officials to deliberate on the concerns and issues of the industry.

Highlighting the importance of Jan Aushadhi centres, Prof Baghel underscored the need to promote more affordable and generic medicines while prescribing to patients.

Dr Harsh Mahajan, Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and Founder & Chief Radiologist, Mahajan Imaging and Labs said that the ‘METAmorphosis’ in healthcare is deeply rooted in the adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, genomics, and precision medicine, which are revolutionizing diagnosis, treatment, and healthcare management. “These technological advancements are driving unprecedented improvements in patient care, drug discovery, and healthcare research. They demand that we consider the ethical, legal, and social implications of these advancements, and ensure that healthcare remains accessible, equitable, and compassionate,” he added.

Dr Narottam Puri, Advisor, FICCI Health Services and MVT Committees; Principal Advisor- QCI; Board Member & Former Chairman – NABH; Advisor- Medical Operations, Fortis Healthcare Ltd said, “At a time when lifestyle disorders are on a rise, technology-backed public and private affordable healthcare is the only solution to confront the new pool of diseases. The future healthcare- its service design and delivery require reimagining healthcare—making it more personal, collaborative, and integrated, enabled by digital capabilities.”

Dr Ajay K Singh, Senior Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education; Director, MMSCI, Harvard Medical School said that unequal access, affordability, healthcare spending and shortage of healthcare professionals are important challenges of healthcare scaling in India. “AI and AI solutions are going to be the answer to scalability in healthcare in India,” he added.

Dr Sanjeev Singh, Co-Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee; Medical Director, Amrita Institute – Faridabad and Chief Medical Superintendent, AIMSRC Kochi also shared his perspective on the healthcare sector in India.

FICCI-KPMG Knowledge Paper ‘New Age Healthcare Delivery Models in India’, was released during the event.

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