Global Burden of Disease study has revealed that India ranked 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare. India has seen improvements in healthcare access and quality since 1990. Well this 16.5-point improvement in 26 years leaves India’s score well below the global average of 54.4.
The index is actually based on 32 causes of death which are considered preventable with effective medical care. It further stated that generally, countries that have spend more on health per capita and had better health systems scored higher on the HAQ (Healthcare Access and Quality) index.
The study reveals India has improved in the index following improvements in physical access to health facilities, improved state of health infrastructure, the level and scale-up of medical technologies and the provision of effective services across the spectrum of care.
According to the survey, Goa and Kerala are the top performers in HAQ index within India. Other states in order of rank are Delhi and Himachal Pradesh.
The worst performers include Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand followed by Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Assam which is the worst hit among all.
Government budget 2016-17 announced two new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The one is set to be in one of the worst performer state Jharkhand, which will eventually raise the level of healthcare facilities and access in the state.
India performed poorly in tackling cases of diseases, including tuberculosis, rheumatic heart diseases, Ischemic heart diseases, stroke, testicular cancer, colon cancer and chronic kidney disease among others on that HAQ index.
In promising budget 2016-17 Finance Minister has announced preparation of action plans to eliminate diseases like leprosy by 2018, measles by 2020 and tuberculosis (TB) by 2025.
Therefore we need effective healthcare policies and professionals to take up these challenges to bring more improvements in the healthcare infrastructure in the country.
Our healthcare sector has been beset due to government’s low and stagnant spending. The concerns have been raised to meet the challenges of the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable disease while making healthcare affordable & accessible for urban as well as rural population.
The union budget 2017 has directionally sent some right signals for the improvement in the segments in healthcare sector where we are lacking actually. We need to bring tough regulations and changes in terms of tax and duty structures in medical devices industry, pharma and healthcare provider industry.
Another good news for the healthcare sector is that government has announced increased of 1.97% of total Union Budget to INR 2.27% of total Union Budget that amounts to increase from INR from INR 39,879 to 48,878 crore. The most part of the increase is allocated towards human resources and medical education.
The growing industry will obviously create a budding need for experienced managers, well qualified and trained individuals to help improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare processes in the country.
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