FICCI has been organising its annual flagship event FICCI HEAL since 2007, supported by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and NITI Aayog, Government of India. Over the years it has evolved as a landmark and coveted Healthcare Conference in the country for health industry stakeholders to share knowledge and best practices. The conference is a conglomeration of CEOs, policy makers, national and international leaders from healthcare and allied industries. It has endeavored to address the key issues in healthcare and to create a suitable platform for constructive dialogue and deliberation to work towards betterment of the sector.

The central theme of the 13th edition of FICCI HEAL is “Health of Healthcare in India”.  Healthcare in India, which has largely been on crossroads over the past few decades, has eventually been given its due recognition in the government’s development plan through various comprehensive initiatives including Swachh Bharat, Digital India, Skill India, Start-up India, Make in India etc. With the launch of our very own UHC program - ‘Ayushman Bharat’ - the government has further demonstrated its commitment to providing healthcare for all.

Termed as a ‘game-changer initiative to serve the poor’ by the Prime Minister - the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) - will not only help in reducing our out-of-pocket expenditure but also help augment the healthcare infrastructure (hospital beds and workforce), promote standardization for quality health outcomes as well as lead to imperative structural reforms like effective use of health IT infrastructure and improved claims management processes.

However, we have a long way to go before we can call ourselves a healthy nation in entirety. Unless we recognize the rising concerns and sustainability of the actual providers of healthcare delivery in the country, we cannot provide assurance of healthcare for all. Conventionally, the major weaknesses of public health insurance schemes have been non-viable reimbursement rates and delays in payments to the hospitals, affecting the financial sustainability of such schemes with the empaneled hospitals. Since, private sector has been responsible for 70% of bed capacity expansion over the past decade and 60% of our in-patient care, it is crucial to offer them viable and scientifically determined costs for their services.

Further, as the services and coverage under the mission expand, successful implementation will require a parallel concerted push towards quality assurance, appropriate governance and regulation, improving referral pathways across the continuum as well as leveraging appropriate technologies and innovations at all levels. This will be possible only with active and effective collaborations between all the stakeholders, including the private sector.

FICCI HEAL 2019 is an endeavor to bring together all the relevant stakeholders to deliberate on tackling immediate as well as long-term challenges and create a comprehensive roadmap to help accelerate India’s progress towards building a truly healthy nation. The Conference would be a conglomeration of CEO’s, policy makers, national and international leaders from healthcare and allied industries.