India needs large surgical centers at the district level, funded by the government : Dr. Kalra

NEW DELHI, July 11, 2018: India needs large surgical centers at the district level, funded by the government that should have all the technologies available for use by both the private and the public sectors and should become self-sustainable, experts said today during an ASSOCHAM conference on ‘Health Security for All: Transforming Healthcare’ held in national capital.
Addressing the conference, Dr. R. N. Kalra, MEDICAL DIRECTOR & CEO R & D, KALRA HOSPITAL SRCNC Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi said, “that The Indian government should invest in large, local surgical centers. There is indeed a need for large surgical centers at the district level, funded by the government that should have all the technologies available for use by both the private and the public sectors and should become self-sustainable. However, providing subsidized care for those in need is important”.
He said that money should not be a decisive factor either in the quality of care or even the person’s right to sight. A large majority of Indians cannot afford care in private clinics and need the heavily subsidized or even free care available in the public sector.


“Larger hospitals with multiple surgeons should be encouraged in urban and metro cities. Even in the private sector, group practice should be encouraged to reduce the investment in ever-changing technology. Individual private practices should be encouraged in the rural sector, where the surgeons do not like to go. The encouragement to group practices and private practices in the rural sector could be in the form of soft bank loans and or some direct subsidy in investment”, said Dr. R. N. Kalra.
During the conference, Dr. Rajendra Sharma, Medical Superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi said that India needs to take urgent steps to formulate a detailed legal framework for maintaining and handling electronic medical records and electronic health records.

He said that Most of the country’s medical and health-related institutions still run on paper-based systems as per the requirements of law, thus covering the risk of potential legal exposure. Dr Sharma suggested stringent parameters for the legal framework for protecting privacy in the electronic health records ecosystem.
“This would go a long way in protecting the patients and their data as also their respective handling in the hands of medical and health related industries,” he added.
“The problems in Indian healthcare system are due to increased costs which make a negative outcome doubtful. Also, a significant part of healthcare delivery chain is under regulated”, said Dr. Sharma.

Vinod Kumar

Health Journalist & writer. Editor of monthly health magazine "Health Spectrum."

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