In a bid to improve healthcare services in India, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked the government to increase the health budget to 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Besides, new medical colleges should be opened in rural areas, IMA recommends.
Dr A Marthanda Pillai, National President and Dr KK Aggarwal, Secretary General, IMA, said that to open a medical establishment doctors need clearances from over 72 acts and unless there is a single window registration concept, the cost of medical treatment will not come down.
Apart from advocating for increasing health budget, the IMA demands for Rs 500 crore for ‘Cure in India’ Project. The IMA further recommends for making Indian Health Act 2015 where single window registration should be done of medical establishments.
According to IMA, Rs 1,000 crores should be allocated for promoting digital health. Besides, health should be given an infrastructure status, medical services should be declared as a service industry and interest free loans should be provided for opening a medical college in rural area. IMA suggests that life saving equipments should be exempted from all duties and Rs 1,000 crores should be earmarked for promoting research and CME programmes for healthcare providers.
It further recommends that health care providers should be given subsidy for solar power and digital health and for doctors who want to serve in rural areas, salary should be three times more and should have facilities for accommodation and education.