State Needs to Cash in on Growing Medicare Market: Health Minister
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09 July 2010
Health minister Jay Narayan Vyas on Thursday said the health sector in the state needed to gear up to meet the rising life expectancy rate and try to capitalise on the growing healthcare market.
Vyas was addressing a seminar on ‘Medical care in Gujarat: Current scenario and future’, organised by health and family welfare department in partnership with FICCI’s Gujarat State Council. The seminar was part of the pre-Vibrant Gujarat series of seminars being organised across the sectors that are of significant importance to the socio-economic development of the state.
Vyas said that technology changes have to be streamlined with medical updating and capacity building as huge opportunities in nursing, physiotherapy and dental care beckon. He also emphasised on virtual distance medical treatment. “High skills, hitech and multi-tech and multi-dimensional activity centres are need of the day with highly personalised and specialised operations,” said Vyas.
Pankaj Patel, chairman of FICCI’s Gujarat State Council, urged the participants to deliberate on opportunities and newer areas of development while creating Gujarat as a destination of medical tourism.
The seminar focused on capitalising on opportunities in medical care such as human resource development and capacity building, key indicators of growth with focus on rural health, quality and insurance as enablers for furthering the medical care roadmap of Gujarat over interaction with the fraternity and leaders in this sector. The seminar spelt the path to take Gujarat to the next level in medical care. The interactive sessions helped identify the opportunities to transform the state competitively.
Health commissioner Vijayalakshmi Joshi underlined the initiatives taken by the government to reduce maternal mortality rate, e-governance, accreditation for a credible healthcare system, gearing up of medical education etc.
Over 200 delegates holding key positions in the public and private health sector participated in the seminar.