Our Priority: Easy access to medical services for common man

The government of Maharashtra is planning to increase the expenditure on health care services in the state. In comparison at national level, the state lacks behind many states in India where the health sector is better than Maharashtra. The two cities which will play major role in improving the health services in the state are Pune and Mumbai.

Our Priority: Easy access to medical services for common man

Every district should have medical college so that the common man gets easy access to affordable medical services , said state medical education minister Girish Mahajan on May 5 at the valedictory session of Symphealth-2018.

A conference was held last week, which focused on interdisciplinary approach to healthcare, was organised by Symbiosis International (Deemed) University. On May 3, the three-day-long conference started at its SIU Lavale campus

During his speech, Mahajan also stressed on taking up medical research for the benefit of common man. More research should also be done in the context of Indian populations rather than following the western countries. We have talent in India and all sectors are changing, he said.

The reach of home health care services, start up companies on health, specialist’s doctors in tertiary care, financial planning for sustainable development and legal aspects healthcare delivery were main area of discussion during the conference.

The scope of home health care has increased over the past five years due to the growing elderly population. It has evolved from basic home healthcare to setting up of functioning intensive care units (ICU) at home, said Gaurav Thukral, executive vice president of Health Care at Home India Pvt. Ltd during his opening talk on the second day of Symhealth-2018.

There are numerous benefits of home healthcare such as changing the point of care, moving from episodic to continual care, reduction in cost of treatment, improved outcomes through utilization of technologies, he added.

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A session on healthcare start-up- opportunities and challenges was conducted by Shyam Vasudev Rao, founder and director of Forus Health. Rajendra Patankar, chief operating officer (COO), Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai spoke at another session on managing consultants in tertiary care hospitals.