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Healthcare Sabha 2018 | Building a strong healthcare system for India

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Dr VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, in his address, spoke on how Ayushman Bharat will trigger quality improvement and rationalise cost and accountability within the system. He began by explaining the significance of the Ayushman Bharat scheme and said that the programme is focussed on a system change.

“Through Ayushman Bharat, we are building an egoistic health system with a focus on creating a gamut of healthcare services available to all,” he exclaimed.

He informed that the current primary health centres have a scope to provide only 15 per cent of all health services and the present government intends to change this scenario. It is an attempt to ensure that the needs of Indian citizens are met adequately. Speaking about the developments so far, he informed that around 80 per cent of population in the list for Ayushman Bharat has already been identified.

Dr Paul recognised the significance of private and public collaborations in  making  Ayushman Bharat a big success. “We are also connecting the private and public partners to make this dream come true,” he confidently said.

Dr Paul also spoke on the opportunities for India that the Ayushman Bharat scheme can bring. At the end, he positively said that the long-term game changer in future will be comprehensive primary healthcare and this is what Ayushman Bharat brings for India.

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