Should the government dial back its recent policies on healthcare delivery? How can the burden on hospital administration be eased without compromising the patients?
Dr Ashish Banerji, Head Hospital Administration for Symbiosis University Hospital, and Associate Professor at Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences
The Indian private healthcare sector is undergoing momentous changes, and the pace of change is accelerating. Nearly 80 % of healthcare is delivered through private providers in India. Out of these only 5% hospital beds are managed by the corporate hospitals rest are managed by small hospitals or nursing homes. But today private healthcare has become synonymous with corporate healthcare delivery, which in the collective consciousness of the Indian people, is equivalent to profiteering hospitals. This is not entirely true. One needs to look at the larger picture and the truth is that it is very difficult to have a private practice in healthcare in India.
Hardly a day goes by without some news about a case against a hospital, or some violence against a doctor or hospital. In the past occupational health hazard for healthcare providers was limited to cross-infections, stress, NCD or depression. And all of them still exist. But now doctors and …