Health care

The European model of universal healthcare, enacted most successfully in Belgium, has come under tremendous strain, which will increase with the greying of Europe’s population. On the other hand,...    (Read More....)

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The European model of universal healthcare, enacted most successfully in Belgium, has come under tremendous strain, which will increase with the greying of Europe’s population. On the other hand, India’s high-quality medical expertise and facilities are increasingly concentrated on serving wealthy Indians and medical tourists from the United States, making healthcare unaffordable to an overwhelming majority of middle class Indians. We propose bringing the European model of universal healthcare to India, enabling middle class Indians and Europeans to access excellent, affordable healthcare. At present our activities in this focus domain are concentrated in Belgium and Karnataka.

In India, the following broad changes can be observed in the health-care ‘system’. Due to the lower standards of living and highly skilled personnel, it makes good economic sense to seek sophisticated health care there at costs much lower than what they are in either America or Europe. As a result, there is an increasing amount of ‘health tourism’ initiated by American private insurance companies. Amongst other things, this is resulting in the creation of elite hospitals in India catering increasingly to native wealthy clients and the American patients.
One hugely negative impact of this development is to be seen in India. Its growing middle class is squeezed between the increasingly unaffordable treatment in elite hospitals and the very low level of health care provided by government hospitals. The growing small nursing clinics and hospitals are woefully inadequate to meet the demands of this huge middle class.

In contrast to America, there is the European model of universal health care which is under severe budgetary pressure from the current economic and budgetary crisis. The financial need of Europe dictates a reduction in state subsidies for its health care system; the increasingly older population, by contrast, is exerting a greater pressure to increase the outlay on its health-care system.

The solution is obvious: we help introduce the European model of universal health care system in India (beginning with one region, namely Karnataka), which also caters for the European citisens. Implementing this solution can only be the result of the collaborative effort of multiple actors and organizations: from governments through insurance companies to hospitals and medical colleges in both parts of the globe. However enormous this task might be, this enormity is the challenge that the India Platform wants to address itself to in the course of the next 3 years. It intends to meet this challenge by developing consortia of hospitals, medical colleges and insurance companies in both India and Belgium (to begin with).

Challenges Opportunities
Europe
  • Financial pressure on the European health care systems
    • increase in expensive treatments for patients
    • limited investments in sophisticated equipment for clinical interventions and research
  • Shortage of highly specialised doctors and nursing personnel
  • Medical technology: saturation of the market
  • Increasing realization of the back-draw of medical tourism
  • Openness to explore solutions for the graying of the population
India
  • Absence of universal health care system
  • Absence of research culture in medical academia
  • International experience is discounted

 

  • Huge interest in developing a universal health care system
  • Excellence in some domains of medical expertise
  • Drive and agility to find affordable solutions
  • Critical mass of patients and pathologies

In the coming year the India Platform will continue to facilitate and coordinate the collaborations both in India and Europe. Below you will find an overview of the activities in this focus domain.

Health Care Follow-up Visit April 2017

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Marijke Huysman, Lecturer, Arteveldehogeschool:

As soon as we arrived in India, I could follow the programme as it was presented to us....

When:2 April, 2017 - 9 April, 2017
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Visit to India

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Announcement by an IP Stakeholder: NITTE University visits European India Platform stakeholders

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In February 2017, the India Platform organised a visit for its Indian partner NITTE University to various European stakeholders in Flanders...

When:6 February, 2017 - 10 February, 2017
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, Higher Education
Event Type:Visit to Europe, Stakeholders Activity

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Visit by Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly Dr. Ashwath Narayan to CM and education institutions in Flanders (Belgium)

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The India Platform welcomed Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Member of Legislative Assembly for Malleshwaram Constituency, Government of Karnataka, and Dr....

When:17 October, 2016 - 21 October, 2016
Focus Domain:Health care, School education
Event Type:Visit to Europe, Events aiming at stimulating policy making in India-Europe relations
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Flemish India Platform – Creating a network and a policy framework for collaboration between Flanders and India in the 21st century (Vlaams India Platform, VIP)

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In March 2014, the Flemish Prime Minister, Mr. Kris Peeters, approved a project called “Incubation Phase for a Flemish India...

When:1 May, 2014 - 30 April, 2016
Focus Domain:Social sciences and humanities, Social sciences and humanities, Liveable Cities, School education, Social sciences and humanities
Event Type:Project, Events aiming at stimulating policy making in India-Europe relations
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Announcement by the IP team: One-day interactive session at the MSR Institute of Technology (MSRIT)

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As a part of the India Platform Ventures Visit in August 2015, a one-day interactive session was organised at MSRIT and...

When:25 August, 2015
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Bengaluru, India

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Annual Stakeholders Meeting and Inauguration at BMS College of Engineering (BMSCE)

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The year 2015 was eventful for BMSCE, as the Annual Stakeholders Meeting (India) was held at the BMSCE board room in...

When:25 July, 2015
Focus Domain:Social sciences and humanities, Social sciences and humanities, Liveable Cities, School education, Social sciences and humanities
Event Type:Stakeholders Activity
Location:Bengaluru, India

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Visit by Mr. Geert Basyn (Christian Mutualities Flanders)

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In June 2015 Mrs. Anne Cardinael (India Platform) took Mr. Geert Basyn (General Management, European affairs, CM Midden-Vlaanderen) to the Department...

When:1 June, 2015
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Mangalore, India

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Health Care Ventures Visit 2014

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The India Platform invited clinical experts, health care professionals, researchers and companies from Belgium and the Netherlands on a Health Care...

When:13 December, 2014 - 21 December, 2014
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Visit to India, Meeting / Roundtable, Outreach programme, For Business

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Indian Welcome Evening 2014

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On November 6, the India Platform continued its tradition of welcoming the new Indians arriving in Ghent, this time coming  together...

When:6 November, 2014, 5:30 pm - 6 November, 2014, 8:00 pm
Focus Domain:Culture and management, Engineering, Health care, School education, Waste management
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable, Indian cultural activity in Belgium
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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India Platform: Third Focus Group Session on Health Care

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The third Focus Group Session on Health Care took place in October 2014. We brought together research groups from different disciplines...

When:20 October, 2014, 5:00 pm - 20 October, 2014, 8:00 pm
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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