“The government should focus on the equal distribution of sufficient manpower in hospitals across the country. We have seen that new hospitals have come up in many places, including in rural and remote areas, but there is not enough manpower there. So manpower is a big concern and these healthcare professionals should be well-trained so that they can use the latest technology and be a part of the digitalization process. In that direction, private hospitals should be allowed to provide paramedical courses so that this manpower shortage can be met. Apart from that, we feel that the price list that was fixed under the Ayushman Bharat scheme is not satisfactory and it ends up in losses for private hospitals. So, we expect a further revision of the rate list under PMJAY. Another crucial aspect is the setting up of more dedicated mental health hospitals across the country. Mental health is still a taboo in our country and people should know the difference between mental hospitals and mental health institutions.”
The author is Pritika Singh, CEO of Prayag Hospitals Group.