Affordability is the crux of most of the things we come across in our life. Government has been trying to fix the problem for the last 60 years but mostly unsuccessful. Most of the problems arise due to the sheer number (1.25 billion) and corruption India has in public funded services. As opposed to this in most of the industrialized countries the government takes care of health of its people by enlarge at a premium this makes health care affordable to citizens and is of equal standard to all.
In India affordable healthcare is available mostly only in the government run hospitals which is visited mainly by those who otherwise do not have money to afford a private hospital which leads to over burdening of those hospitals adding to this it is very difficult to get a qualified doctor in these hospitals due to many reasons (which can be a blog by itself) leading to compromise in the quality of healthcare in those hospitals (except some premier institutes).
With above mentioned problems is there any alternative permanent solution which is unique to India is the biggest question of the hour because, India is poised to become a developed country in the near future but without a well established healthcare system in the country it may be a difficult goal to achieve as only healthy people can build a healthy and wealthy nation.
If we can’t establish a affordable, standardized, easily accessible system soon it may create a challenge as India is economically growing the lifestyle related disease burden is significantly increasing. This may lead to significant increase in healthcare related expenditure and loss of quality of life.
As government is striving hard to have universal health insurance cover in the country for a long time if we can bring in technology which is playing crucial role in all aspects of life may augment this much needed revolution, I term it as “orange revolution” (as orange colour stands for vitality).
Technology can take healthcare to most remote places of our country, can improve medical data maintenance, can help standardization and at the same time can make it affordable as the patient can save time and money in travelling along with his work which can increase productivity significantly.
Here is an effort by us meresia.com, to integrate technology into healthcare to make it affordable, to improve quality of care, to take it to the nooks and corners of our country and to better handle chronic diseases which eats into our nation’s productivity.