To this extent, India’s foreign affairs minister Dr. S Jaishankar commented on the country’s healthcare system, in an exclusive interview with India Inc Group Chairman and CEO, Manoj Ladwa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwAnko-KvO4 - during which questions poured in from audiences, including concerned overseas Indians, worldwide.
“The short answer is absolutely, the healthcare system stands exposed,” said Jaishankar, while putting the issue into perspective saying, “it is very clear that over the past 75 years we have underinvested in health. Maybe there were reasons. It is very easy to say today that we should have put in more money….
“But I can tell you that it’s not as easy as it sounds. This is not a defence of today’s situation. It is over 75 years, and in fact it is that realisation which is why the prime minister was pushing for Ayushman Bharat. Because we had reached a stage where the prime minister genuinely believed that we cannot leave our people to the vagaries of the private practitioners however good they may be. There has to be a strong governmental system - beyond roti (food), kapda (clothing) and makaan (housing). Healthcare is a basic right of the people….
“In a crisis today, even though I have my limitations, I have to make that extra effort, find some way by which I can respond to today’s crisis. If somebody is sick, if somebody is looking for oxygen, if somebody is looking for Remdesivir, they are not going to listen to policy explanation. They want to see practical answers on the ground.”
Dr. Jaishankar’s candid discussion was titled Does India Have A Plan? From Survival To Revival, part of India Inc’s Global Dialogue Series and can be viewed here.