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- November 29, 2023
- New Delhi
Healthcare in India has two faces, one of plush and high-tech private hospitals and healthcare centres in metros and large towns, and the other of government-run healthcare centres all over the country. The government-run facilities are always under extreme pressure, with more patients streaming than they can handle, dilapidated living conditions and creaking equipment, doctors and nursing staff who are stretched to the end of their tether at all times, and volatile patients and their families who frequently resort to violence and intimidatory measures when faced with dire situations.
This face of Indian healthcare took on a decidedly ugly face during the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially during the first two waves, when Covid vaccinations were still not done. The shortage of beds, doctors, nurses and oxygen crippled the system, and the battle took a mental toll not only on patients but even doctors, nurses, and managers of India’s hospitals. Since then, things have improved, and India handled the third and fourth waves of Covid-19 very well, and the vaccination program has also been effective.
But there are several challenges that remain extant. A population of 1.4 billion, a large chunk of which is poor and cannot afford to pay for healthcare or even for medical insurance, is at the crux of the problem. A crumbling public healthcare infrastructure, not only in villages and small towns, but even in larger cities and metros, has made healthcare access on time very difficult. Estimates suggest the ratio of allopathic doctors to people in India is 1:1511. Plus, there is always a shortage of funding, wide disparity in quality between urban and rural facilities, not enough insurance coverage, low understanding and awareness of preventive care, delays in diagnosis, etc.
While there has been a lot of concerted effort both by the government and private industry, yet it simply has not been enough. Lifestyle changes have also contributed to an increase of diseases such as cancer, heart attacks, among other things. To deliberate on these challenges and work towards long-term solutions, Mint brings together experts across all stakeholders in the ecosystem, for a day of brainstorming and sharing of ideas.
2:00 PM Onwards
01:30 – 02:30 PM
Guest Registrations & Lunch
02:30 – 02:40 PM
Welcome Address Ravi Krishnan, Editor-in-Chief, Mint
02:40 – 03:20 PM
AYUSH: India’s gift to the world Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon'ble Minister of Ayush, & Ports, Shipping and Waterways
03:20 – 04:00 PM
What India's Healthcare Policy Needs*
04:00 – 05:00 PM
Insuring the uninsured: Health insurance's penetration challenge Speakers: Mayank Gupta, COO & Co-Founder, Zopper Dr. Bhabatosh Mishra, Director- Product, Underwriting & Claims, Niva Bupa Health Insurance Shilpa Arora, Co-Founder & COO, Insurance Samadhan Rishi Mathur, Chief Distribution Officer – Alternate Channels and Chief Strategy Officer, Canara HSBC Life Insurance Anup Seth, Chief Distribution Officer, Edelweiss Tokio LIfe Insurance Moderator: Aprajita Sharma, Assistant Editor, Mint
05:00 – 05:30 PM
High tech with scale: The future of healthcare Speaker: Vishal Bali, Executive Chairman, AH Holdings Moderator: Goutam Das, Editor Long Story, Mint Primer
05:30 – 06:00 PM
06:00 – 06:40 PM
Healthtech's cost-cutting and scaling-up imperatives Speakers: Ashish Venkataramani, Partner, Eight Roads Ventures Prashant Tandon, CEO & Founder, Tata 1mg Shashank N.D., Co-Founder & CEO, Practo Gautam Chopra, Co-Founder and CEO, BeatO Moderator: Sneha Shah, Senior Assistant Editor, Mint
06:40 – 07:30 PM
Indian Healthcare: Challenges and opportunities of the future Speakers: Dr. Mahipal S Sachdev, Chairman and Managing Director, Centre for Sight Vivek Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, HCAH India Dr. Om Prakash Manchanda, Managing Director, Dr Lal PathLabs Aryaman Tandon, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Praxis Global Alliance Prof. Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Director, AIIA Moderator: Alokesh Bhattacharyya, Deputy Managing Editor, Mint
07:30 – 08:00 PM
The next pandemic. Are we ready? Speakers: Dr Kaushal K Verma, Dean (Research), AIIMS Moderator: Utpal Bhaskar, Associate Editor, Mint
08:00 PM Onwards
Networking, Dinner & Cocktails
Key Areas of Focus Across Panels
The Covid-19 Impact
Gaps, focus diversion, long-term consequences
Financial strain, delays, rising costs
Cost alleviation for patients
Infrastructure, staff, cost, supply chain for hospital progress
Last-mile care: delivery, diagnostics, personalized solutions, video consultations
Strategies for confidence, regulatory hurdles
Regulations, funding, talent, trust-building
Mitigating challenges, fostering growth
Shri Sarbananda Sonowal
Hon'ble Minister of AYUSH, Ports, Shipping and Waterways
Executive Chairman, AH Holdings
CEO & Co-Founder, Tata 1mg
Co-Founder and CEO, Practo
Dr. Mahipal S Sachdev
Chairman and Managing Director, Centre For Sight
Co-Founder and CEO, HCAH India
Dr Om Prakash Manchanda
Managing Director, Dr Lal PathLabs
MD & CEO, Niva Bupa Health Insurance
Dr. Kaushal K Verma
Dean (Research), AIIMS
Co-Founder & COO, Insurance Samadhan
Chief Distribution Officer – Alternate Channels and Chief Strategy Officer, Canara HSBC Life Insurance
Partner, Eight Roads Ventures
COO & Co-Founder, Zopper
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Praxis Global Alliance
Chief Distribution Officer, Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance
Prof. Tanuja Manoj Nesari
Dr. Bhabatosh Mishra
Director- Product, Underwriting & Claims, Niva Bupa Health Insurance
Who Should Attend
Ministry of Health representatives, renowned doctors, and heads of medical departments
Healthcare Industry Leaders
CEOs of pharmaceutical companies, hospital executives, and research heads.
Heads of medical departments, healthcare researchers, and academic professors.
Investors and Venture Capitalists
Angel investors, healthcare-focused venture capitalists, and private equity representatives.
Technology Innovators & Entrepreneurs
CEOs of healthcare startups, MedTech innovators, and incubator representatives.
International Healthcare Experts
Key opinion leaders, global health organization representatives, and international healthcare consultants.
Philanthropists and Foundations
Representatives from healthcare-focused foundations, philanthropists, and CSR representatives.
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