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 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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On the 20th of October the third Focus Group Session on Health Care took place. We brought together research groups from...

When:20 October, 2014
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable

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Dr. A.G. Prathab (MSRMC) visits Ghent University Hospital and Ghent University College

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From the 16th to the 17th of October 2014, Dr. A.G. Prathab, Registrar of M.S. Ramaiah Medical College visited Ghent University....

When:16 October, 2014 - 17 October, 2014
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Visit to Europe

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Announcement by a stakeholder: Talk on Ayurveda at the University of Groningen

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Dr. Reint Huizenga (University Medical Centre Groningen) and Dr. Ajay Bailey (Faculty of Spatial Sciences) invited and organised a talk by...

When:7 October, 2014
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Meeting / Roundtable, Call for applications / Call for projects / Job vacancy / Fellowship / Contest / Other funding opportunity, Meeting / Roundtable, For Business, Meeting / Roundtable, Conference / Congres / Symposium, Outreach programme, Workshop/Seminar/Training
Location:Groningen, Netherlands

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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

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Announcement by an IP Stakeholder: MSR Institute of Neurosciences: hands-on-workshop neuroendoscopy by Prof Dr. D. Van Roost & Dr. Edward Baert

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Hands-on-workshop neuroendoscopy: Prof Dr. D. Van Roost & Dr. Edward Baert, both of Ghent University. Organisation: Prof. Dr. A.S. Hedge (director M.S....

When:12 April, 2014 - 13 April, 2014
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care
Event Type:Workshop / Seminar / Training, Visit to India
Location:Bengaluru, India

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India Platform: Focus Sessions

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The India Platform announces separate sessions on four of its focus areas that will take place in the course of February-March 2014. We...

When:6 February, 2014 - 3 April, 2014
Focus Domain:Health care, Liveable Cities, School education, Waste management
Event Type:Meeting / Roundtable

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Workshop by Prof. Dr. Wim Peersman to M.S Ramaiah

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An international workshop on validation of research tools and scale, development was organized at the Medicine department of M.S Ramaiah on...

When:25 March, 2014
Focus Domain:Health care
Event Type:Lecture / Presentation / Debate, Meeting / Roundtable, Call for applications / Call for projects / Job vacancy / Fellowship / Contest / Other funding opportunity, Meeting / Roundtable, For Business, Meeting / Roundtable, Conference / Congres / Symposium, Outreach programme, Workshop/Seminar/Training
Location:Bengaluru, India

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Workshop on Biomaterials and Biomechanics

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The Department of Medical Electronics (UGent) organises a two-day workshop on biomaterials and biomechanics on the MSRIT Campus in Bangalore in...

When:12 February, 2014 - 13 February, 2014
Focus Domain:Engineering, Health care
Event Type:Workshop / Seminar / Training
Location:Bengaluru, India

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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, Meeting / Roundtable, Call for applications / Call for projects / Job vacancy / Fellowship / Contest / Other funding opportunity, Meeting / Roundtable, For Business, Meeting / Roundtable, Conference / Congres / Symposium, Outreach programme, Workshop/Seminar/Training

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