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.

India Platform: Second Focus Group Session on Health Care

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On the 25th of September the second Focus Group Session on Health Care took place. This session brought together a group of...

When:25 September, 2014
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Visit by India Platform Delegation to Wageningen University & Research Centre

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On 4 and 5 August an India Platform team visited Wageningen University & Research Centre to discuss collaborations in the focus...

When:4 August, 2014
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, Waste management
Event Type:Collaborations of UGent Faculty, Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Wageningen, Netherlands

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India Platform Focus Sessions 2014

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The India Platform organised separate sessions on four of its focus areas in the course of February-March 2014. Experts and interested participants from...

When:6 February, 2014, 5:00 pm - 3 April, 2014, 8:00 pm
Focus Domain:Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Waste management
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Student Information session, Ghent University Hospital

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This was an information session for students of the medical sciences who will be doing an internship at the M.S. Ramaiah...

When:22 November, 2013
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Visit to India, Collaborations of UGent Faculty, Meeting / Roundtable, Conference / Congres / Symposium, Outreach programme, For Business, Workshop/Seminar/Training, Workshop/Seminar/Training

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Indian Welcome Evening 2013: Friends, Indians and countrymen, lend me your evening!

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In its yearly Indian welcome evening, the India Platform invited both Indians living in Belgium and Europeans interested in India to...

When:7 November, 2013, 5:00 pm - 7 November, 2013, 10:00 pm
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Social sciences and humanities
Event Type:Collaborations of UGent Faculty, Meeting / Roundtable, Indian cultural activity in Belgium
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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Discussion on health care initiatives

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Discussion on health care initiatives in the coastal region of Karnataka state on November 6,...

When:6 November, 2013
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable

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Health Care meeting in Karnataka

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Health Care meetings in Karnataka on October 17,...

When:17 October, 2013
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable

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Samyoga Matchmaking Event for Stakeholders – 2013

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  The India Platform is happy to invite all its stakeholders to a large-scale matchmaking event.

Objectives

* To have the opportunity...

When:2 April, 2013 - 4 April, 2013
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care, Social sciences and humanities
Event Type:Visit to India, Meeting / Roundtable, Stakeholders Activity
Location:Bengaluru, India

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Roundtables on the idea of a Universal Health Care

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A first and a second roundtable on the idea of a universal health care system in India based on the India...

When:12 November, 2012 - 6 March, 2013
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable

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Announcement by IP Stakeholders: M.S. Ramaiah team visits Ghent University Hospital

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A team of the M.S. Ramaiah Hospital in Bangalore visited the Ghent University Hospital. The focus of the visit was the...

When:22 January, 2013 - 23 January, 2013
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Visit to Europe
Location:Ghent, Belgium

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