The Inaugural Ceremony of the India Immersion Visit of a student delegation from the University of Massachusetts Boston took place on 10 January 2020, at IIHMR University
There are a couple of health schemes in different states including Rajasthan. we need to think if we are heading towards better health coverage through these schemes for the people below poverty lines. There is a need to measure the achievements of the schemes. We should have an academic rigour to unveil the different layers of how the health schemes unfold instead of blindly following the path of the insurance schemes of US which may not serve the purpose in India. If we really want to develop or change India, we should make the Universal Health Coverage effectively universal. To achieve this, we need to first enhance the supply side of health professionals and workers. The second most important aspect is to go for larger scale of funding and financing of government sectors. This was stated by Dr. Prithvi Raj, Secretary, Finance (Revenue) department, Government of Rajasthan. He was speaking at a workshop on “Ayushman Bharat: The game changer in Indian Health Care ecosystem” organised at IIHMR University today at IIHMR University campus.
Dr. Prithvi Raj further added that the objective should be to increase the accessibility and affordability. This target cannot be achieved only by perusing the insurance scheme. To make a scheme sustainable contribution from the participants and the citizens is crucial.
On the occasion, Dr. Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR University, said that such programs are an outline of attitude and determination, which can turn into an action plan. He also appreciated the efforts of everyone involved in the conceptualizing the workshop.
Dr S. D. Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University, shared his views on the “Ayushman Bharat” focusing on the medical care system through which a layman can be benefited. He said that Ayushman Bharat is wrongly perceived as an insurance scheme. It is assurance scheme where the government takes responsibility of care up to a certain amount. He mentioned that health care system needs an assess thoroughly, so that people who are deprived can avail the facilities provided by the Government.
Mr. Mohan Lal Agarwal, Coordinator, & US Fulbright Fellow, appreciated the incredible efforts of IIHMR University for collaborating with the University of Massachusetts Boston for a global connection and sharing different ideas. He also mentioned that it is a travel study program, through which students from IIHMR University and students from Boston can interchange their experience, thoughts which can help them in learning and doing the same things in a different way to reach a level of excellence.
The program began with a welcome address by Ms. Anuradha Palanichamy, Prof. and Dean, School of Development Studies, IIHMR University. She highlighted the efforts of IIHMR University in bringing concept knowledge innovation. IIHMR University has been chosen for collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Boston as a destination partner.
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