Partner State Session; Achieving Universal Health Coverage, Insurance Led Innovations, and AYUSH
Recent policy aiming at Universal Health Coverage, the launch of Ayushman Bharat, Ministry of Ayush are some of the key steps of the government of India. Insurance led innovations can come from market and state actors both.
The panel represented industry working in cutting-edge research on Ayurveda, industry leaders, home healthcare expert, leading hospital leader and internet driven insurance marketplace providers.
Dr. James P Kingsland started the session with his keynote by a short presentation of slides about the project on primary healthcare they are doing in India. Talked about Achieving Universal Health Coverage and quoted the following
“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten”
Deliberated on possible ideas to further strengthen the Indian healthcare system, learning from other markets (NHS), offerings in the insurance sector, new care delivery models such as home healthcare offer and possibilities with alternative medicine and treatment lines. To tie all of this in a goal, which is to improve the quality of care and reduce the cost of care delivery.
Dr.James shared his work from the UK of the quadruple aim of building Healthcare system by mentioning that not only three aims but the fourth also existed and those are :
-Improving the health and wellbeing of the population
-Improving the individual outcomes & experience of care
-Reducing the per capita cost of care
-Fourth and important aim: Improving the experience of providing care
Systems with a strong generalist approach work best for access, equity and cost-effectiveness.
The supply of Primary Care Physicians is associated with improvements in population health inequalities. By contrast, specialist groups make little difference in health inequalities or cost-effective care.
Since a good system to primary care will lead to proper and optimum cost.
Ayushman Bharat is one of the largest schemes in India which will be covering 100 million poor and vulnerable families that acquits up to 500 million people. The panel discussed the key challenges anticipated in the different perspective since there were panelists from the different area of expertise.
Dr. Ganju anticipated the key challenges would be in – decrease financial risk of the population -improve population health, Dr. Gulati added his key points in care perspective that a measure of check and balances of money flow should be implemented in such a big scheme where huge amounts of funds are involved.
Ramani stated that in a long run the sustainability of the scheme is very important to keep it running to be worthwhile for all the stakeholders involved.
Ganju was hoping good outcomes through AYUSHMAN BHARAT because of the IT structure that we have now can make many things redundant in lowering the administration cost.