Knowledge dissemination and constant upskilling are essential in medical specialisations. Equally important is the need for evolving a health care system on public-private partnership (PPP) which addresses the ground realities, Shashi Tharoor, MP, has said. He was inaugurating a national conference of experts in coronary imaging and physiology organised by the Imaging and Physiology Council of India here on Saturday.
From the policy side, there is a need to work to address the challenges of public health care. “Here, 70 to 80% of the health care cost is borne out of pocket. Medical bills alone plunge 40 million people into poverty. About 47% of hospital admissions in rural India and 31% of admissions in urban India are financed by loans and sale of assets. Most people live just one illness away from destitution,” he said.