Health cess in Maharashtra soon? Hints Dr Deepak Sawant at CII healthcare conclave

In the opening session of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Dr Deepak Sawant, the state health minister, who was the chief guest for the conference, released a report on Digital Health: Transforming Healthcare. In his speech at CII Healthcare Conclave 2017, Dr Sawant also hinted at formulating a health cess that will help the government collect fund that will be used in strengthening healthcare infrastructure in the state

Health cess in Maharashtra soon? Hints Dr Deepak Sawant at CII conclave

Public health policy is a matter of discussion for each and every one of us at a certain point in time. The operating environment of healthcare providers is very important for the health care developments in the country. And the theme of the conference is based on National Health Policy – a new era in healthcare.

Dr Deepak Sawant said, “Digital healthcare is the way ahead. Maharashtra is a growing state. We have reached the remotes of parts of Maharashtra but we want to do more. What we need from CII is to help the government in getting digital healthcare in the rural India. Telemedicine is another important solution which can be used for places with no internet or mobile connection. If the same happens, it will be of great help for the Govt of Maharashtra.

He also informed that his department is working on introducing real-time medicine to make healthcare accessible to people living in remote areas of the state. And appealed to the insurance sector to help government in coming out with health insurance schemes so that the maximum people would benefit.

Dr Deepak Sawant, Maharashtra Health minister
Dr Deepak Sawant, Maharashtra Health minister

Dr Sawant said, “Our present health insurance scheme covers 2.43 Crore families in the state. We are now working on expanding it and covering paediatric orthopaedic diseases too.”

In his speech at CII Healthcare Conclave 2017, Dr Sawant also hinted at formulating a health cess that will help the government collect funds which will be used in strengthening healthcare infrastructure in the state.

The minister also suggested CII to appoint a core team to help the government to formulate policies. “The core team can take decisions and suggest healthcare solutions to the government,” said Dr Sawant.

Furthermore, the opening session saw many eminent doctors and experts. A Memorandom of Understanding was signed between Healthcare Skill Council and CII.

Joy Chakraborty, Chairman of CII Western Region Core group on Healthcare and Chief Operating Officer at PD Hinduja Hospital on the significance of the conclave said, “Healthcare industry is growing. The objective of National Health Policy 2017 is to see how universal coverage can be given to healthcare.”