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Scientific Programme - 71st Annual Conference of
The Association of Physicians of India
28th-31st January, 2016. Hyderabad

Highlights - Panel Discussions

High quality affordable health care: Indian Model.

Friday, 29th January, 2016. 1.00 PM - 2.00 PM. HALL A

This is a panel discussion by physicians, health administrators, government agencies and prominent corporate health care providers on how best we can all get together to provide good quality but cost effective care to our patients. This is the present day need and aspiration of the Indian public from us. Issues related to health insurance, national health policy, public private partnership, production of cheaper hardware in India, digitization of data, organized home care, dual mode hospitals with the special/private sections contributing for the subsidized general wards and strengthening of primary care system will be discussed and debated.

The Indian healthcare system has transitioned from a largely public sector system at the time of independence to a private sector dominated service at present. The pros and cons of public and private sector healthcare system will be discussed by experts from USA (a model of private sector) and from UK (a model of public sector healthcare). We need to reach a consensus as to how best we can combine our resources and assets (traditional public sector, growing private sector, strong social value system, traditional and alternative medicine, available large and cost effective health care personnel) for a world class cost effective Indian health care model which is practical for us.

  • Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister Union Government, Delhi.
  • Andrew W Gurman, President Elect AMA, USA.
  • Prakash Punjabi, Chief Cardiac Surgery, Imperial College, London.
  • Devi Shetty, Chairman Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru.
  • Ashok Seth, Chairman Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi.
  • P Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Hospitals, Madurai.
  • Sunil Kant Munjal, Past President CII, New Delhi.
  • Y P Munjal, Past President API, New Delhi.
  • Shashank Joshi, Past President API, Mumbai.

Ethics, morality, law, finances and social activism : Present day challenges of clinical practice in India.

Saturday, 30th January, 2016. 1.00 PM - 2.00 PM, HALL A

Medicine today is going through significant change. Access to information through internet, greater awareness of patient rights among public, lack of tolerance and acceptance of negative outcomes, increasing violence in the recent past in hospitals, slow growth of public sector hospitals, greater availability of high quality care, rising cost of medicines and hospitalization, lack of coordination between primary, secondary and tertiary care, lack of auditing in health care sector, consumer protection act and its application to medical sector and changing mind set of medical fraternity and the public from ‘Medical men as saviors’ to ‘hospitals and physicians as business models’ are some of the many challenges being faced by us.

On one side we talk of medical tourism and India becoming hub of health care and on the other side we have dismal health care parameters like IMR, MMR, nutrition and longevity of life.

These issues will be discussed and debated by a panel of judges, government functionaries, lawyers, social activists, health care administrators, economists and physicians from primary, secondary and tertiary care.

  • Justice D.K. Jain, President of NCDR Commission, New Delhi.
  • Andrew W Gurman, President Elect AMA, USA.
  • Richard Chazal, President Elect ACC, USA.
  • Jaspal Kooner, Cardiologist Imperial College, UK.
  • Ajay Kumar , Chairman Ethics Committee, MCI, Patna.
  • KK Aggarwal, Secretary General National IMA, New Delhi.
  • Siddhath N Shah, Past President API and HSI, Mumbai.
  • Rajesh Upadhyay, President API, New Delhi.

Moderator : Ankita Mukherji, NDTV, New Delhi.