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Times of India
17 July 2010
Bangalore, India

Soon, treatment for all may be reality
Healthex - 2010
Healthcare may soon be affordable and accessible to all. The Planning Commission is working towards setting up a model of 200–bed hospitals across the country, with 25% subsidy across all treatments for BPL families.

At the international healthcare exhibition, ‘HEALTHex 2010 – CEOs Round Table on Vision of 21st Century Healthcare System, Apollo Hospital,’ Prof Anupam Sibal, group medical director said: "The model will be based on public–private partnership."

CII National Health Council chairman Pratap C Reddy said: "We want the government to provide more world–class medical institutions like All–India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in other parts of the country."

Fortis Hospital CEO Vishal Bali, said: "Unfortunately, even in the 21st century, we are working on 18th century management principles. India has a strong domestic healthcare system but it needs to be further strengthened. With cost of healthcare increasing in the West, they are looking towards the East, where India, Singapore and Malaysia are the healthcare destinations that are most in demand.

Naresh Trehan, cardiologist and chairman of CII National Committee on Healthcare, commented on the recent decision by health insurance companies to withdraw cashless medical facilities in select hospitals from July 1: "The decision is only a symptom. The real disease is the cost of healthcare in India. There is a need to facilitate a dialogue between insurance companies, hospitals and patients."

"Streamlining primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services will improve affordability and accessibility," said Dr Nandakumar Jairam, chairman and MD, Columbia Asia Hospital.

HCG chairman Dr B S Ajai Kumar stressed on insurance schemes like Arogyasri in improving access to healthcare services. BIEC chairman Jamshed N Godrej said: "With the Metro and elevated highway coming up on Tumkur Road, accessibility will become easier."

Other participants were Dr Nagendra Swamy, COO, Manipal Hospital and Dr K Ganapathy, president, Apollo Telemedicine Network. The exhibition is at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC),

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