Successive govt did nothing to boost private and small hospitals : IMA president
Jalandhar(DP Correspondent) – Newly elected national president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Ravi Wankhedkar on Thursday said that while government sector was catering to a mere 20 percent of population, successive centre governments have done nothing to boost private medical sector in the country. Wankhedkar said that government policies were not framed in favour of the private and small hospitals. He has been elected as IMA national president for the year 2018.Addressing a press conference, IMA national president Ravi Wankhedkar said that only 1.2 percent GDP was being spent on health care whereas it should be raised to at least 5 percent. “It is a hard fact that the government sector has been a failure in providing primary and secondary health care facilities to people. In such a scenario, 80 percent medical facilities were being provided by the private sector out of which 70 percent was given by the small hospitals run by individual doctors”, he said.Wankhedkar said that despite these obvious facts, health care facilities were framed in such a way that doctors at small level could not even think of setting up their individual hospitals”, he added. The IMA president also said that the centre government should implement the recommendations of Inter-Ministerial Committee, which comprised of sectaries of six different ministries. He was accompanied by IMA Punjab secretary Dr Navjot Dahiya and its national vice president Dr P S Bakshi.Dr Wankhedkar also said that considering difference in terms of infrastructure, the government should set different parameters for big private and small hospitals in the country. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also start ‘Treat in India’ program and health care services should be extended to remote parts of the country. Our association, IMA would reach out to people through this initiative”, he added.
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