Roundtable on Increasing Access to Healthcare in India

India with 1.28 million people is the second most populous country in the world. Since its independence, it has made modest progress in healthcare sector especially in increasing the life expectancy and eradication of diseases like smallpox, polio, etc.

Despite the progress and with systems of healthcare, and price control being placed to address some of the challenges of the sector, a looming challenge for the healthcare domain remains the access to quality and affordable medicines for a large section of its population. There are several reasons responsible for the inadequate access to economical medicines like inefficient supply chains, lack of adequate healthcare financing and patient education, etc. These often result in problems like a high premature mortality rate, which takes a huge toll on the future of the country.

The lack of access to medicines and healthcare facilities also has direct impact on furthering the cause of goal number 3 of Sustainable Development Goals of the UN, which seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. It is thus important to understand the issues well and make necessary course corrections to ensure that the targets are set and met.

A breakfast roundtable is thus being hosted by the India Council on Competitiveness to identify the barriers and the challenges to improve access to medicines in specific and to the broader health care domain in general. The deliberation will also identify solutions for the problems and further the debate on the existing ones.

Date: September 1, 2016

Venue: Chaitya Hall, ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi

Report on Increasing Access to Healthcare in India


Dr. Kabir Sheikh

Professor, PHFI

Udayan Dravid

Founder, ConnectHub

Sandeep Ahuja

Founder & CEO, Operation Asha

Dr. Wilfried Aulbur

Managing Partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Barun Mitra

Founder & Director, Liberty Institute

Bejon Misra

Founder, Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India

Brijesh S. Rathore

Business Director- South Asia, Diversey care, Sealed Air Inc

Dr. Sandeep Goyal

CEO, Shared Value Initiative India

Dr. Amit Kapoor

President & CEO, India Council on Competitiveness

Pallavi Joshi

Research Associate, ICRIER

Sreedharan Nair

Sreedharan Nair, FPAI

Sankalp Sharma

Senior Researcher, Institute for Competitiveness

Rajiv Bajaj

CEO & Managing Partner, Nomura Research Institute India Pvt Ltd

Dr. Chesta Sharma

Healthcare Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers, India

Sunil Singh

IPR, Attorney, Indian National Bar Association

Rohit Kapoor

Senior Director & Chief Growth Officer, Max Healthcare

Dr. Ajay Sharma

Director – Government, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, OPPI



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