Association of Healthcare Providers (India)

Association of Healthcare Providers (India) represents the majority of healthcare providers in India. It works as "not for profit" organization and advocates with the government, regulatory bodies and other stake holders on issues, which have bearing on enabling its member organizations to deliver appropriate healthcare services to community at large. The association functions through an empowered secretariat which facilitates the member organizations in improving their systems, processes and outcomes on continuous basis, in line with the vision, mission and objectives of the association.

Indian healthcare is passing through critical phase. There is growing perception that healthcare is unduly expensive. Alongside there is an increasing awareness and demand for the patient safety and quality of care. Slowly but surely, the healthcare is becoming an election agenda. That brings pro-active push for reforms by the government. All these factors pose serious challenge to healthcare providers, who will be required to constantly keep innovating and do fine balancing act.

As per recent estimate, about 50% population in India was being covered either under private insurance or one of the government schemes. Healthcare sector is growing at 15% CAGR. Private sector was catering to 70% of OPD and 60% of IPD patients. This means government and payers will be depending more on private sector in providing healthcare to the population under various schemes. The increase in demand on private sector would be coupled with complying with regulatory and patient safety norms. Along with, the government and insurance sector would fix the price for various medical procedures/ services. As we do not have any credible costing exercise done for healthcare services or medical procedures; this is going to be another challenge.

It is in this perspective that Association of Healthcare Providers (India) has chosen the theme for its Global Conclave i.e. Affordable & Safe 'Health for All' through collaborative efforts of Hospitals, Pharmaceuticals, IT and Medical Equipment companies. AHPI believes that 'Health for All' can only be realised throgh collaborative approach involving all Stake holders. The conclave will take holistic view of composite issues and would try to present practical solutions to meet with the emerging challenges. Attempt will be made to present a model by which Universal Health Coverage can be made possible within the existing resources. There will be comprehensive debate by experts on; PATIENT SAFETY, PATIENT CENTRIC HOSPITALS and how to make use of IT tools and develop SMART HOSPITALS.