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In India, the extreme poverty, the high number of maternal and child deaths and the huge infectious diseases burden are major causes for concern and need to be addressed on a firm war-footing. Health innovations to develop low-cost and high-impact solutions, keeping in mind the ground realities in India, need to be supported.
Not long ago having a physician in the family was a source of significant pride and this tradition was passed down generations. Now, some physicians are actively discouraging their children from a future in medicine.
The draft National Health Policy 2015 lacks a federal approach and leaves much to be desired in terms of addressing regional imbalances. I will present an evidence-based prescription from the Northeast - which is relevant to every region in the country - to address the inadequacies of a centrally formulated, nationally imposed and regionally irrelevant policy formulation and implementation process.
The Indian healthcare industry is growing rapidly yet the sector is in shambles. The sector, therefore, has high expectations from the Union Budget, both for reforms and expenditure.