Indian Chamber of Commerce hosted BIMSTEC Health Forum
The theme of the session is Healthcare Tourism, eHealth, Universal Health Coverage and Ayush
Kolkata, 14th June 2023: Indian Chamber of Commerce BIMSTEC conclave conducted a session on “Healthcare Tourism, eHealth, Universal Health Coverage and Ayush “on Wednesday, 14th June at the Hyatt Regency, The BIMSTEC forum provides member nations with chances for commerce, investment, cooperation, and complementarities in the realm of health. Medical tourism is a recognised export from two BIMSTEC members, India and Thailand. Reputable hospital chains in the BIMSTEC region have the opportunity to invest in other member nations through joint ventures and franchises, extending and raising the caliber of healthcare facilities in the area. Mr. Prashant Sharma, Chairman, Indian Chamber of Commerce National Healthcare Committee; MD, Charnock Hospital, SKM Group, India, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director; WHO South-East Asia Region, Dr. Rupali Basu, MD & CEO; Woodlands Multispeciality Hospital P L, Mr. Rupak Barua, Group CEO & Director; AMRI Hospitals, India, Prof. Dr. Ravi Kumar Chittoria, Head of Telemedicine & IT Wing; Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research. India, Ms. Priti Chakraborty, Chairperson, Universal Medical College & Hospital Ltd; Director, FBCCI, Bangladesh, Mr. Kraichok Arunpairoikul, Minister Counselor, Thailand International Cooperation Agency, Government of Thailand, Dr. Vijay Pratap Kushvaha, CEO, Ayurvita Pvt. Ltd., India, Dr. Mostafa Nowshad Zaki, Secretary General, Bangladesh Ayurved Foundation, Mr. Prem Raj Tiwari, President, Nepal Herbs & Herbal Products Association, Nepal, Ms. Richa Singh Debgupta, Co-Chair, Indian Chamber of Commerce National Healthcare Committee; Sr. Vice President, Fortis Hospitals, India
The BIMSTEC Health Forum was a forum for substantive discussion, information sharing, and teamwork among players in the healthcare industry. It aimed to promote collaborations that increase healthcare delivery and enhance the general well-being of the BIMSTEC member countries. The forum focused on the critical issue of ensuring sustainable financing for basic healthcare and universal health coverage in BIMSTEC countries. The sharing of concepts, best practices, and fresh ideas was talked about to improve the region’s healthcare systems and promote fair access to high-quality medical treatment.
Delegates debate several aspects of health:
· India has recently joined a number of organisations to improve access to health care.
· The largest medical tourism destinations are India, Turkey, and Thailand, and the countries of BIMSTEC have a combined GDP of about $4 trillion.
· Telemedicine has been permitted in India since last year and is seen as the future of health care. It is a vital area of health care that requires more attention.
· We should concentrate on universal health coverage, information sharing, human capital exchange, and collaborative opportunities.
· In India, the Heal in India platform is being built, which will enable global and regional collaboration.
· India has given medical visas to 166 nations.
· India has seen an increase in medical tourism over the last two decades. It earned $7,400 million in income over the last decade and is expected to generate $43,500 million over the future decade.
· Many private investments in the health business have occurred in the previous five years.
· India’s medical staff and facilities are on par with worldwide behemoths such as South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Dubai.
· The event discussed Heal in India, an effort of the Indian government aimed at boosting medical tourism in the nation. This effort is being led by the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare and Ayush. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) and the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) have been collaborating with the Ministries to establish a ‘One Step’ Heal in India site to promote Medical Value Travel.
· Medical technology has improved significantly in India, with significant national and foreign investment.
· Because BIMSTEC nations are sensitive to climate change, coordination between the commercial and public health care sectors, as well as the government, is required to effect good change while keeping the environment in mind.
· Tele-monitoring through nano drone, indigenously constructed Tele-Medicine Kiosk and Trolley for remote exchanges between physicians, attendants and patients, which has various sub-facilities under its aegis.
· The inclusion of mental health under overall health and its equal relevance to physical health.
· The need of overcoming mental health stigmas is critical in order for it to be included in the health tourism business.
· Thai International Cooperation Agency operates capacity building programmes for underdeveloped nations, while Thailand International Programmes offers scholarship programmes to prospective students from BIMSTEC countries as well as other countries throughout the world.
· A partnership with the Thai government has been proposed to adopt Swasta Sathi facilities (West Bengal Government Health Care Scheme) and come up with a progressive progression in medical insurance.
· JIPMER has been regarded as a pioneer in treating patients across the country through various facilities such as Tele- Monitoring using nano drone, Indigenously prepared Tele-Medicine Kiosk and Trolley for remote interactions between doctors, attendants and patients, which again has several sub facilities under its aegis.