New Delhi, September 9, 2020: India is committed to meeting UNSDGs and SDG 3 is a critical goal, that impact all others. Further, advancing medical technology is pivotal to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in India. In keeping with the above, the industry body, NATHEALTH – Healthcare Federation of India, renowned as the credible voice of the health sector of India and the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), the regional association of medical technology in the Asia Pacific today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to harness the role of  the medical technology industry in India, in relation to AB-PMJAY and to ensure that it optimally engages with relevant policymakers, helping shape polices leading to achieving UHC in India.

The goal of this strategic partnership is to enable a seamless pathway that streamlines all innovations ensuring that it scales and increases the concerted efforts by both organizations. Both NATHEALTH and APACMed would work through a joint working group in formulating a work plan in relation to Universal Healthcare in India, that would synergize and complement the efforts of the government to maximize patient health outcomes through quality care relative to expenditures.

Speaking about the partnership, Ms. Preetha Reddy, President – NATHEALTH & Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been highlighting the fault lines even in the most advanced nations and underlined the acute need for a robust mechanism for UHC.

In India, the government schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) and Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana have helped India take bold steps towards UHC. Now going forward, it is vital that there are strong collaborative efforts by the government and private health sector organizations, which will be the key to digitally transform the Indian healthcare system.  The MoU and partnership between NATHEALTH and APACMeD will work to increase access to innovative medical technologies, that which will lead to high quality and affordable healthcare delivery and complement the efforts of the Government’s UHC agenda.

Speaking about the partnership, Ms. Harjit Gill, Chief Executive Officer – APACMed said, With APACMed’s recent entry into India, we reiterate our commitment to working proactively and productively with the Government, and other stakeholders on the ground, to ensure access to innovative and lifesaving medical technologies for Indian patients. We commend the Government of India’s commitment to Universal Health Care, and its role in the continued growth of a strong and thriving healthcare system. Through this exciting partnership with NATHEALTH, we seek to further support the Government to reinforce the AB-PMJAY ambitions by harnessing the power of technology and innovation innate to the MedTech industry.

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