Ramadoss thrust on taking medicare to the hinterland

New Delhi, Nov 22 | Updated: Nov 23 2005, 06:22am hrs
Indias health care delivery system, both in the public and private arena, will be made more responsive with better accountability and efficacy, said health minister Anbumani Ramadoss at the CII Health summit on Tuesday.

Since the healthcare delivery system in the country is highly complex with a wide range of players and interests, the sector needs standardisation and regulatory infrastructure to be put in place, the minister said. He said that the government wants to extend universal availability of a minimum level of health care services to the people.

For bringing such a system into practice, said Mr Ramadoss, it is necessary to address issues like whether government can take advantage of working with private providers and balancing of the dual challenges of improving public spending on critical health services. This would also require betterment of regional equity in resource allocation.

It is also to be seen that whether experiences of more developed states in health infrastructure and indicators be replicated in the underdeveloped regions. A model needs to be worked out on whether focused efforts to revitalise public sector facilities in disadvantaged-areas can be made effective.

He pointed out that despite phenomenal growth in the development of technical manpower and establishment of medical colleges, hospitals and super-speciality institutes, the gap in healthcare infrastructure and quality status between regions and socio-economic groups is quite wide. Effective healthcare delivery that is available, accessible and affordable, is still to be achieved.

Out of the aggregate health expenditure of 5.2% of the GDP, the government share accounts for a mere 0.9%.