25 January 2017, India:
In honor of its platinum jubilee year (2016–2017), Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai, will host a first of its kind conference themed “Healthcare: A Commodity or Basic Human Need?” from January 27 to 29, 2017.
The conference will serve as a platform to bring together a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including leading health economists, policy planners, heads of pharmaceutical companies, administrators, clinicians, patient advocates, epidemiologists and regulators, in the hope of evolving a suitable healthcare model that provides cost-effective solutions for the developing and developed world.
Dr. Sudeep Gupta, Deputy Director, ACTREC, TMC, outlined the agenda of the conference and what the media could look forward to, over the three days. Further elaborating on the genesis and the uniqueness of the conference, Dr. Rajendra Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, explained, “In India, accessibility and affordability in healthcare are the two major challenges. This conference will provide the ideal platform for the key decision makers and stakeholders to weigh in on these issues. We need to identify universal solutions and take our cues from existing small and large- scale healthcare systems to evolve our own model for India.”
Dr. C. S. Pramesh, Professor, and Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology, TMC, further stressed on the urgent need for a healthcare system that takes into account the diversity and disparity in the country.
Nihal Kaviratne, Founder, St Jude India ChildCare Centres, said, “Despite the many advancements we have made in health and technology, we are still faced with the harsh reality that thousands of people across the country have no access to affordable health services. It is imperative that the Government and other stakeholders come together to discuss how to address these gaps, ensure last mile delivery of healthcare and take us a step closer towards universal health coverage.”
The conference is co-hosted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Tata Trusts and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.