a lot more

infrastructure, more facilities,
resources and empowerment.

message from Mr. Rahul Khosla

From the Desk of the President
Governing Council
Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH)
March 2016

Dear NATHEALTH Members,
I am delighted to be an integral part of NATHEALTH which has progressed significantly in the last two years.

The rise of a new India has to be built on the foundation of a healthy nation. The socio-economic benefit of a robust healthcare ecosystem does not only accrue to the sector itself, but also manifests itself in the creation of a more vibrant and productive community.

However, for a large number of Indians today, access to quality healthcare is both inadequate and inconsistent. Despite improvements on multiple levels in the recent past, Indian healthcare continues to grapple with considerable gaps in infrastructure and talent, regional imbalances and inconsistent delivery. The level of quality care is negligible as evident from the fact that less than 1% of hospitals in India have NABH accreditation. These issues are further compounded by a culture biased towards curative care, in which prevention and wellness receive limited focus and investments. The constantly evolving socio-economic landscape with higher income levels, greater awareness, growth in the number of the elderly, growth in medical tourism and the burgeoning incidence of non-communicable diseases, will only further increase the burden on India’s healthcare industry.Myriad challenges, however, reflect a multitude of opportunities, and now is an opportune moment for all stakeholders involved to transform India’s healthcare ecosystem. The Government and private healthcare providers need to work in tandem to develop a cohesive blueprint for healthcare provision and funding. At NATHEALTH, we are striving hard to create such a collaborative platform to establish healthcare as a priority sector. Working together with the Government, we need to lay out a comprehensive plan to achieve the vision of universal and consistent healthcare in India.

We must be careful in clearly defining the roles of the stakeholders involved, specifically the Government. The current Government has shown a willingness to encourage public-private partnerships and we need to take this further by developing a healthcare-specific PPP framework standardising agreements across all modes of engagement and a monitoring framework that focuses on outcomes over pricing, reviews ongoing projects, and enables monitoring of healthcare service quality through regular tracking of metrics.

NATHEALTH is a unique and inclusive platform that represents a collective aspiration to redefine the Indian healthcare ecosystem and serves as a credible voice of the Indian healthcare sector. On behalf of the Governing Council, I invite you to join NATHEALTH and play a critical role in the transformation of Indian healthcare. With your support, I am confident that we will be able to deliver tangible results in our endeavour of creating a sustainable healthcare ecosystem focused on prevention and healthy living.

Warm Regards,

Rahul Khosla