Research Study by Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College and India Health Progress shows, "Insufficient healthcare infrastructure in India"

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  • (1888PressRelease) March 30, 2011 - A research study completed by the DY Patil Medical College has revealed that the lack of adequate healthcare infrastructure is a prime factor denying access to patient healthcare. The study was initiated by India Health Progress to find the principle reasons which are hampering the healthcare access to Indian patients. The report was formally released today at Pune Patrakar Sangha.

    The study has found that of the interviewed respondents, 58% believe that the most important barrier to healthcare access is poor healthcare quality and inadequate infrastructure. Rural Hospitals of Government are poorly utilized mainly because of inadequate building, equipments and instruments and irregular staff as narrated by people interviewed in Alandi.
    The study also highlights the plight of the basic health necessities in our country. The survey found a large number of respondents were living in overcrowded and insanitary conditions coupled with poor drainage and intermittent piped water supply.

    One of the major findings of the study concludes that affordability of healthcare is not the foremost barrier to healthcare access as usually considered. Of the total respondents in the survey, only 31.0% of the respondents expressed inability to seek treatment in the past six months due to financial constraints.

    The survey has also found that majority, 80.1% did not have any health insurance cover. The most common type of insurance cover was Employee Sponsored followed by private health insurance.

    Dr. Amitav Banerjee releasing the study stated, "The study shows the insufficient healthcare infrastructure and conditions of the healthcare sector hindering the growth of a healthy India. There is a need wherein the policymakers can step in to make universal healthcare access a reality."

    D Y Patil Medical College has extensive community outreach activities extending to a radius of 100 km covering a population of over a lakh. Health Camps and research studies are regularly conducted in remote underserved rural areas around Pune by the medical college.

    A total of 3424 subjects of all age groups were surveyed in urban slums of Pune and surrounding rural areas. This included 865 subjects who were interviewed for health problems, access/utilization of health services, and health insurance.

    On the occasion, India Health Progress also announced "Healthcare Access Week" to give a greater voice to lack of access to healthcare in India. The week will be observed from 4 to 9 April in the country involving NGOs, Doctors, Hospitals and Industry. This call for action for better healthcare access will cut a swath across 10 cities. About 1000 organisations including industry and NGOs and 10,000 volunteers are joining hands to demand their right to healthcare. Activities like Marathons, Signature campaigns, conferences and awareness programs will be carried out during this week.

    "The study was initiated as one of the prime activities carried out by India Health Progress to evaluate the key elements acting as barrier to healthcare access. To sensitise everyone on the issue of lack of healthcare access we are observing Healthcare Access Week and invite everyone to support us, "said Mr. Aman Gupta, Principal Advisor, India Health Progress.

    The conference was attended by representatives from Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, representatives from IMA, Pune Chapter, Health officials from civic bodies and representatives from India Health Progress.

    About Dr. D.Y Patil Medical College

    The Padmashree Dr.D.Y.Patil Medical College, established in 1996, received approval of the medical council of India (MCI), for the award of MBBS degree for its very first batch. The college has been accorded the status of Deemed-to-be-University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India on recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) within a period of just six and a half years of establishment, perhaps the shortest period of such recognition.

    This is the first private college in the state of Maharashtra to receive MCI approval to increase in the intake from 100 to 150 students in 2003, again perhaps within the shortest span of time of seven years.

    D Y Patil Medical College has extensive community outreach activities extending to a radius of 100 kms covering a population of over a lakh. Health Camps are regularly conducted in remote underserved rural areas around Pune by the medical college.

    These community activities are encouraged and fully supported by the Chancellor of D Y Patil University, Dr P D Patil.

    About India Health progress
    India Health Progress is an initiative by Imprimis Life, a healthcare communications consultant with almost 12 years' experience in the Indian healthcare sector. It seeks to bring all institutions and individuals committed to Indian healthcare under a common platform. The working model of India Health Progress revolves around engaging partners in the healthcare industry, involving them in discussions around the identified aspects and resolving the setback by finding a solution. It also provides the resource and knowledge support to partnering organisations on the various critical issues related to healthcare.

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