CII, Trehan to find ways to inject funds in healthcare

New Delhi, Nov 17 | Updated: Nov 18 2005, 05:30am hrs
India will need Rs 1 lakh crore to meet its healthcare needs by 2012 and the expected shortfall will be about Rs 60,000 crore, according to a McKinsey report. The CII has decided to find ways of addressing this shortfall and promote health for all, said Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman, Indian Healthcare Federation (IHCF), describing the theme of the 3rd Healthcare summit being held on November 21-22.

The summit will see policy papers being released on areas like accreditation of hospitals, code of ethics for healthcare workers, and price bands to be followed by Indian hospitals for the purpose of value-added medical travel. All these have been long-standing demands of the Indian healthcare industry.

A number of national and international health experts and dignitaries will also be visiting India for this summit. Among the international visitors are distinguished names like Johns Hopkins MD Dr Mohan Chellapa, Mayo Medical Laborataries and Medical Imaging president Dr Robert M Kisabeth, South African health minister Manto Tshabalala Msimang, chief scientific officer of UKs department of health Dr Sue Hill, apart from representatives from health ministries of Sri Lanka and UAE.

Chairman of the health summit and Fortis Healthcare Ltd chairman Harpal Singh said that the summit was a platform to bring together all the stakeholders, measure the achievements and define a road for the future. He also said that the main thrust area for the conference is inclusive healthcare with two main objectives. First, a healthy, clean and educated village. And second, reinforcement of primary healthcare by public-private partnerships between the government and the private sector.