National Knowledge Commission Chairman Sam Pitroda has sounded a prescient lament about the Indian health system going the way of the unaffordable U.S. system.
Very timely warning, folks.
Here’s an excerpt of Pitroda’s speech from the Hindu:
National Knowledge Commission chief Sam Pitroda on Wednesday said that the Indian health system was going the â€œhighly unaffordable American wayâ€ and suggested going back to roots to provide cheap healthcare benefits to those at the bottom of the social pyramid.
â€œIndia needs to find a new health model, we are drifting towards an increasingly expensive US model,â€ Pitroda, the principal advisor to the Prime Minister on Infrastructure, Innovation and Information, said.
â€œThe way we are heading, we will not be able to meet the healthcare needs of the poor,â€ he said at a CII conference here. Mr. Pitroda voiced concern that India was going the â€œhighly unaffordable American wayâ€ in healthcare.