On Thursday, November 10, Hudson Institute’s India Initiative hosted a half-day conference on advancing innovation and healthcare in India. Speakers included Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Amit Kapoor, Ranjana Smetacek, Kevin Walker, Amiee Aloi, Jeffrey Hamilton, and Jeremiah Norris.

(From left to right: Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Dr. Amit Kapoor, and Ms. Ranjana Smetacek. Panel One observed a discussion on the status quo of India’s healthcare and innovation sectors.)

(From left to right: Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Dr. Amit Kapoor, and Ms. Ranjana Smetacek. Panel One observed a discussion on the status quo of India’s healthcare and innovation sectors.)

Over the last two years, India has doubled its efforts to improve public healthcare. The Modi administration has introduced legislation and reforms that aim to provide a level of security to those who are economically vulnerable.

(From left to right: Jeremiah Norris, Kevin Walker, Amiee Aloi, and Jeffrey Hamilton. The second panel’s discussion revolved around specific health care policies and models.) 

(From left to right: Jeremiah Norris, Kevin Walker, Amiee Aloi, and Jeffrey Hamilton. The second panel’s discussion revolved around specific health care policies and models.) 

The current Indian administration’s overarching goal of providing affordable and accessible healthcare for all will be difficult to achieve if it does not fully embrace, utilize, and acknowledge the positive aspects of an ever-larger private sector. The task of modernizing India’s healthcare system is one that cannot be solely tackled through the federal government given its budgetary restraints and an ever-growing population. India faces an array of challenges including the significant shortage of healthcare professionals, absence of modern healthcare infrastructure, disproportionate allocation of resources towards urban centers as opposed to rural areas, and ever rising cost of healthcare services.

(Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu with Ambassador Husain Haqqani. The event ended with Amb. Sandhu delivering closing remarks on the importance of Indo-US cooperation in healthcare and innovation.)

(Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu with Ambassador Husain Haqqani. The event ended with Amb. Sandhu delivering closing remarks on the importance of Indo-US cooperation in healthcare and innovation.)