At a time when are living under the shadow of a coronavirus pandemic, the one thing that is more important than others is access to good health care facilities. Health care providers or medical fraternity is the one who were our saviours. But, have they been able to do enough for society? The topic was raised during the HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT SUMMIT AND AWARDS 2022 – a webinar organized by HealthWire.
Among those who joined the panel discussion were some well-known personalities like Dr. Shubhank Singh, Center Head Medanta Mediclinic Delhi at Medanta, Chirag Barjatya- Founder of ProjectFitCom aka PFC & fitness coach and senior journalist SK Mishra, Editor of Weekly Environmental Newspaper – Enviro Annotations.
The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Yash Gulati. “As we all know that major chunk of the health care sector is ruled by private players. So it is very obvious to ask these private hospitals that are they doing enough or giving back to the society in terms of welfare?” he said at the beginning of the discussion.
Reacting to it, Dr. Shubhank Singh, Center Head Medanta Mediclinic Delhi at Medanta, said that he feels otherwise.
“I would not say that majority of health care is under private but we are working together with the government because some of the facilities which are not available in the private sector are taken care by the government sector. For example, if we talk about health care in rural areas, where the majority of our population is living, that is taken care of by Anganwadi workers which are in a way the biggest health care force in this country. Or it would be not wrong to say that it is the biggest health care force on this planet because no western country has this concept and we are doing really great with it for so many years,” Dr. Singh said.
During the discussion, Barjatya said that society is not getting enough from the medical fraternity.
“I don’t think it is adequate as of now. With the help of the government, we can set up better facilities in hospitals. Because nowadays I see that people, even if they have enough money to spend are unable to get the quality because of the various reasons. I believe society is not getting enough from the medical fraternity,” he said.
Replying to this, Dr. Singh said that It would be wrong to say that the medical fraternity is not doing enough for society.
“I have seen several doctors working 24X7 to save the lives of others during the pandemic. They put themselves at risk to protect people. I think when you are in the health sector you are definitely giving more to the society.”
Dr. Singh also said that hospitals, including his, are involved in several initiatives to support the community.
Mishra echoed the same sentiment and said that figures also suggest that the health care industry is among the top industries when it comes to CSR expenditure.
“Data of last 4-5 years suggest that health care sector is among the top industries when it comes to CSR expenditure. So there is a lot of focus on this sector and it was even before the coronavirus pandemic,” Mishra said.