Vijay Ramnath Jayaraman | India Forbes | 2014
Now that the 2014 general elections are in the rear view mirror, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers face the challenge of expectations set by the media and all his supporters. One of the key challenges his team will be facing is: Healthcare.
With the World Health Organization’s 2000 World Health Report ranking India’s healthcare system at 112 out of 190 countries, some key questions in his mind should be: How should the country transform its healthcare system? What are its current pain points? What could be achieved during his tenure?
For those living in urban areas, healthcare is merely a political issue. They argue that the country faces bigger challenges such as economic development, infrastructure, jobs, and border disputes with Pakistan. I believe that the 2014 elections have presented India with a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at its healthcare landscape. I was happy to browse through the PM’s campaign website which had a section on his achievements in this sector.