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2017 hasn’t been so good in terms of healthcare. The Government initiated new policies which received resistance from the masses, resulting in disorientation all over the industry. To begin with, demonetisation affected revenues in this sector. A huge chunk of the healthcare receivers prefer paying in cash but due to the restricted use of cash, both caregivers and patients suffered loss in revenue and health, respectively. Capping stent prices was a good move to make it affordable but it caused disapproval among manufacturers and hospitals, resulting in a slowdown in medical innovations. The industry as a whole saw a lot of upheaval with the introduction of various Government strategies. Even though healthcare didn’t fall under the GST ambit, prices of certain critical services and diagnostics equipment saw an increase due to the input tax that indirectly increased the cost for the customer. However, the amendments made in October brought more relief and clarity.

The year 2016-17 also saw a lot of angst against doctors, public and Government resistance against private medical care institutes, medical negligence and caregiver strikes. These incidents created a gap between the medicos and the patients, and also resulted in a loss of trust. Negligence on the part of few medical staff resulted in the entire medical fraternity coming under pressure. The year saw some hospital licenses being cancelled because of these issues. Overall, this affected the sentiments of both patients and care providers and created a detrimental image of the healthcare industry. The Government and the industry are now working on gaining back the confidence of the masses and putting healthcare back in structure

Amol Naikawadi JMD, Indus Health Plus

Food adulteration and related laws need to be tightened and I hope the Government will rise up to the occasion in 2018 for the protection of health of the people. The un-served under-served population in terms of healthcare facilities would be taken care of in the country in the coming year. Small issues with GST should also be hammered out. I hope the many healthcare start-ups will make healthcare delivery more effective in the coming year. I hope the society as a whole also matures and there is greater sensitivity towards patients of AIDS, Alzheimer's Disease, cerebral palsy and others which are almost taboo in the country.

Dr Dharminder Nagar, MD Paras Healthcare.

The capping of implants and stent prices has been a great step by the Government and has brought surgery into the reach of people who can’t afford it. We are moving towards early rehabilitation and pain relief post-surgery.  We are doing half replacements and regenerative surgery and not full surgery. More and more computer-aided surgeries have come up with the advent of new equipment and machines. Robotic surgery, especially in cancer treatment, was quite in prominence.

Dr Yash Gulati, orthopaedic surgeon, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals



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