MedTech Industry comes together to partner Ayushman Bharat Scheme


Agencies, Kolkata, Leading industry bodies representing medical technology sector today came together at MTaIMedTekon 2018 to discuss ways to strengthen healthcare delivery under Ayushman Bharat scheme, a government programme to enable the bottom 40 per cent of India’s population access healthcare for free. Representatives of Medical Technology Association of India (MTaI), Advance Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), AmCham Medical Devices Committee, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI), underscoring their solidarity, huddled up with government officials, doctors, investors and patients’ groups to chalk out a roadmap for the industry to contribute effectively to the world’s largest healthcare reform programme. Starting September 25, the government plans to provide health insurance to 10 crore families and also strengthen the network of primary health centers in the country. Most secondary and tertiary treatments will be covered under the scheme. As per statistics, health insurance has spread only to 27 per cent of the population-the cover being sparse-and more than 80 per cent of healthcare expenditure is incurred by individuals from their own pockets. “We admire the vision of inclusion behind Ayushman Bharat and the programme’s massive scale. It has the ability to stimulate the economy due to its impact on the health of the labor force as well as provide a new ecosystem in healthcare business which can sprout a thousand new ladders of commercial success,” MTaI Chairman Pavan Choudary said. For the scheme, the government has recommended maximum allowable costing for 1363 health procedures.