Budget 2019: It is critical that FM takes care of healthcare industry
India is a unique country where we have two parallel systems of healthcare delivery, private and state-owned and the number of users is huge in both. So we expect the government to look after expectations of both the systems. The facilities in top-notch private and government setups are same but the sheer load in government hospitals affects their efficiency badly. Hence majority of quality healthcare is being provided by the private sector. It’s high time that the government considers this sector as an essential service provider and works for its betterment. Just to highlight a few problems any medical equipment which is not manufactured in India especially the high-end ones should have nil or minimal import duties. This will enable more hospitals to acquire cutting edge technology and thus quality care can be delivered to more people that too at an affordable cost.