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Updated: October 12, 2009 19:10 IST

Make healthcare affordable: Rosaiah

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New facility: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu, K. Ravindranath, chairman and MD Global Hospital, and BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu at the inauguration of Global Hospital at LB Nagar on Sunday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
The Hindu New facility: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu, K. Ravindranath, chairman and MD Global Hospital, and BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu at the inauguration of Global Hospital at LB Nagar on Sunday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu and senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday stressed the need for the private sector to provide affordable healthcare to the common man, while supplementing the Government’s efforts in expanding medical services.

Inaugurating Aware Global Hospital at L.B.Nagar here, the Chief Minister said the government was according high priority to both health and education sectors.

In the last five years many medical colleges, including in backward Adilabad and Srikakulam districts, and 17 universities were permitted.

Appeal to private sector

He stated that Government efforts alone were not enough in expanding the healthcare and called upon the private sector to join hands so as to cut the cost of such services.

Medicare

Advanced medicare was being provided in Hyderabad at one-fourth the cost charged abroad.

Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said healthcare would not reach the common man unless the costs were reduced. He urged private healthcare providers to serve the poor on a charitable basis.

It was important to provide a thrust to the health and education sectors for development of human resources.

‘Increase budget’

Mr. Venkaiah Naidu pointed out that the country was lagging behind in providing primary education and healthcare. The budget for the two sectors needed to be increased for removing inequities.

The private sector should strengthen the government’s efforts in the two fields.

He wanted health sector to be recognised as “infrastructure” to enable greater participation of private players.

The leaders praised Chairman and Managing Director of the Global Hospital group K. Ravindranath for providing super-speciality procedures at a significantly low cost, compared with hospitals abroad.

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