Ethical start-ups can play an important role in finding solutions to the major problems being faced by the Indian healthcare system at large
New Delhi, January 16, 2015 The past few years have witnessed the rise of several healthcare start-ups, which are tirelessly working towards making healthcare delivery more accessible, accountable and efficient. Promoting ethical healthcare start-ups in the country is something that the government, medical associations and influencers must all work together on for they are the solution to the various problems faced by the sector today.
The Indian Medical Association welcomes the launch of our Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Start-up India campaign and believes that it will help encourage young doctors and entrepreneurs working in the healthcare sector to turn into reality their vision and ideas aimed at making India a healthier and disease free nation.
Speaking about this, Dr. SS Agarwal – National President IMA and Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General IMA and President HCFI in a joint statement said, “We fully support the governments ‘Start-up India’ initiative and believe that young companies in India providing ethical services are the future of the Indian healthcare needs. They can help solve basic fundamental problems being faced in our country including accessibility, quality care and affordability. They can also help make healthcare delivery more efficient by enabling medical practitioners with the right tools and technology needed to make their day-to-day practice easier and faster”.
Healthcare startups can also play a key role in awareness generation and making people more aware of lifestyle diseases, their prevention and management. India presently faces a diabetes and heart disease crisis with the incidence rising by the day. It is important that more people come forward to provide solutions in this regard. Those working in the non-healthcare segment must also find ways to help reduce the health burden caused due to pollution, lack of sanitation and other environmental factors. Young people are the future of our country and IMA will support the government and also do its bit to promote those with good ideas in terms of mentorship and execution.