When I thought of writing my blogs, I wasn’t aware that I was hardly eligible for any reward. A lot of friends, members and seniors suggested me to write on Healthcare system in India, as professionally I am somehow connected with the same field. But when a lot of people encouraged me by liking my views on Healthcare system in india, I am going to give my suggestions for the betterment of the Healthcare system in India. I hope you will love to read and if any little change happens with this blog, it will really be the best day of my life.
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India’s healthcare system faces several challenges, including inadequate funding, a shortage of healthcare professionals, poor infrastructure, and a lack of accessibility to quality care in rural areas. Here are some suggestions for improvement:
Increased investment in healthcare:
The government should increase its funding to provide better facilities and equipment to medical institutions, especially in rural areas. Central and State Governments’ budgeted expenditure on the health sector reached 2.1 percent of GDP in 2021-22, against 1.3 percent in 2019-20. This means that Government is increasing its expenditure on the healthcare budget. Whereas, other than increasing the funding, the government must do a proper balance of Investment and outcome or revenue generation. Because with investment either there should be revenue generation or the needy should get the benefits. There is no fun in doing things if nothing is coming out of it.
For example, while visiting many government hospitals, I came to know that these hospitals have a lot of machines that are not in use because no one is there to operate them. This means that the budget allocated for the healthcare facilities isn’t disbursed properly. That clearly shows the negligence by the management who are responsible for the purchase of these machines and running the institutes. These are the things that need to be taken care of on priority basis. Like whatsoever facilities we are having, that must be in use for the benefits of needy.
Improving Rural Healthcare:
More resources and facilities should be made available to rural areas, where the majority of the population lives, and to make healthcare more accessible to all. India is said to be a country of Villages, so it is most important to provide facilities to the rural people, where a majority of the population resides. That will create a better infrastructure for majority of the population and help in betterment of the data also. Everyone knows that many good healthcare professionals not prefer to join duties on rural areas. So there must be some special rewards for those who will join these areas. Moreover, facilities must improve in these areas.
Human Resource Development:
There is a shortage of healthcare professionals, especially in rural areas. The government should invest in training and education programs to increase the number of healthcare workers and improve their skills. For example, the government has created a draft where pharmacists who have done B. pharma, D. pharma or some other degrees like this can also work as healthcare professionals or can treat other patients also. This can be dangerous in many cases but there is not any other option available, if we look deep into the matter.
Implementation of Universal Healthcare:
India should work towards providing universal healthcare coverage to all its citizens, so that access to quality care is not limited by income or location. A lot of education programs should be started to encourage people to take health insurances. Many companies like Star, MAX-life etc are there. those who can buy must take the advantage os private healthcare insurances. Even the government has taken the initiative in this direction by providing Ayushman Bharat Yojana of providing 5 lakh insurance guarantee of all citizens of India. Eligibilty can be checked on this link http://pmjay.gov.in . This scheme can help everyone and provides the benefits to needy also.
Emphasis on Preventive Healthcare:
The healthcare system should focus more on preventive care and health promotion, such as vaccination programs, health education, and lifestyle changes to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases. In the recent times, India is slowly adopting many changes like embibing Yoga in their daily lives. Many youngsters are going for Gyms, which is also a good sign. Thus government must emphasis more on creating awareness on Preventive Heathcare, because India is becoming a global hub for Diabetiec Patients, which is going to be a more worse condition in coming future.
Use of Technology:
The Indian healthcare system should adopt technology and innovation to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase access to care. For example, telemedicine can be used to provide remote healthcare services in rural areas. To manage, Medicines in hospitals, software must be used or the world is moving towards Artificial Intelligence. We must use these things to improve the system.
Create Pollution free Environment:
This quote has made a huge impact on me and my thought process. While I was doing a research for this article, I somehow read this quote and it impacted me a lot. I thought that how any country or it’s system can be healthy if, it’s 3 cities ranks in Top 10 most polluted cities of the world. Where people carry air purifiers with them. Thus to create a healthy systems and healthy country, first create a clean environment. For this, political will is very much necessary.
Strengthening the Regulatory Framework:
The government should strengthen regulations and policies to improve the quality of care, protect patient rights and promote transparency in the healthcare system. To strengthen the framework on ground reality, Public and Private collaborations is very necessary. We are having a lot of rural dispensaries, where we have invested huge by building infrastructures. We are also having a lot of staff there but still we are not able to generate revenue and neither providing the basic facilities to peoples. So instead of running these PHC’s solely by the government, we must have a collaborations with private institutes or the hospital chains that are running successfully in the country that can create an environment, where better treatment will be available at affordable rates to the needy. The motive should be
“BETTER CARE AT AFFORDABLE PRICES.”
That can be done by regular upgradation of staff by calling for the courses or training programs, where not only medical education will be given, but one must understand the tactics to improve productivity on work. Here also, work load can be reduced by creating online courses that can be accesed and done at the choice of the student, No particluar timing for the class should be there but needs to be completed on time bound.
Reduce the cost of study:
Everyone in our country talks about the costly treatment in our country, whereas the treatment is not costly, our income is low. To check the fact understand that India is slowly becoming the Travel Healthcare Industry for the world. A lot of people are coming to our country for the treatment, because we are providing better facilities at affordable price. But the same economic treatment for foreigners seems to be costly for our Indian residents. Thus earnings should be increased to make people more accessible to the health facilities.
While moving further, why no one talks about the fee structure of getting a degree of a Doctor?
In a recent study. The MBBS course fee may vary from government, private and deemed universities. The average MBBS fee for government medical colleges in India ranges from INR 20,000 to INR 7.5 lakh, whereas the MBBS fee for private colleges can range from INR 20 lakh to more than INR 1 Cr. The MBBS course in India can be completed in 5.5 years which has 4.5 years of academic education and a 1-year mandatory internship. We have put on here the fee for studying MBBS at some of the top medical colleges in India.
MBBS Fee at Top Medical College in India
|City Name||College Name||First Year Fee|
|Chennai||Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research||INR 22,00,000|
|Vellore||Christian Medical College||INR 48,330|
|New Delhi||All India Institute of Medical Sciences||INR 4,228 (Inclusive of Hostel and Mess Expenses)|
|Jaipur||NIMS University||INR 80,000|
|Mangalore||Kasturba Medical College||INR 14,40,000|
|Sangli||Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College and Hospital||INR 19,03,000|
|Gangtok||Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical and Science [SMIMS]||INR 17,00,000 General|
INR 7,12,000 Sikkim Concession
|Kochi||Amrita School of Medicine||INR 19,34,000 (Inclusive of Hostel and Tuition Fees)|
Note: The fee structure shown above is sourced from the respective college/university and is subject to change as per the notification from college/university. The information sourced is till September 22, 2020.
If everyone wants to create a better and affordable healthcare system in India, start from the basics i.e. education. Create a environment where every bright student can pursue his study. Money shouldn’t matter for the bright students. Money is one of the reason why a lot of Indian bright students are moving to foreign countries for study. These small countries are taking the benefits of this system and are running medical colleges at very small infrastructures. These are playing with the future of our own students like we have seen in the case of Ukrain-Russia war, in recent times.
These are some of the ways in which India’s healthcare system can be improved. However, it will require a concerted effort from the government, healthcare providers, and the public to bring about meaningful change.
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