FICCI HEAL “Healthcare at Crossroads” : August 30-31, 2018

FICCI has been organising its annual healthcare conference, FICCI HEAL since 2007 supported by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. Over the years, this has evolved as a landmark event and a credible platform for health industry stakeholders for sharing knowledge and best practices. The 12th edition of FICCI HEAL on the theme, “Healthcare at Crossroads” is scheduled for August 30-31, 2018.

While India celebrates success of many complex healthcare procedures at a fractional cost as compared to developed countries, a large proportion of the country’s population struggles with catastrophic health expenditures. Placed at the juncture of large disparities where healthcare services in India are comparable to the world’s best in secondary, tertiary and quaternary care, we have a long way to go in providing basic primary care “beyond the urban limit” where 70% of the population resides.  The public healthcare provisions remain inadequate and private healthcare suffers from being largely an unorganised and unregulated industry. India’s weak health infrastructure at around 1.3 beds per 1,000 people and 0.9 doctor per 1,000 people, calls for a complete paradigm shift in our healthcare ecosystem.

As the government envisions aspirational reforms in healthcare and moves closer to assuming the role of a payor through the newly launched Ayushman Bharat Program, it is critical to ensure that the increase in healthcare spending translates into better health outcomes and ascertain the role of other stakeholders on the path towards Universal Health Coverage. Private establishments have been catering to 70% of the country’s healthcare demands and are the main source of investment for the sector. There is a need for policies and regulations that encourage the committed and organized private players to not only invest in healthcare delivery in the country but also equitably engage as a key partner to deliver on the common vision of Accessible, Affordable, Quality Healthcare for All.

FICCI HEAL 2018 is an endeavour to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities to not only increase the penetration of quality health services in the country but also bridge the trust deficit amongst the stakeholders for better collaboration in the future. The Conference would be a conglomeration of CEO’s, policy makers, national and international leaders from healthcare and allied industries.