“The Healthcare Systems In A Post-COVID World”

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Since Jan 2020 the world has experienced the alarming spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had devastating consequences. Countries everywhere in the world are still grappling with this virus and running on full steam to step up their healthcare systems, which are bursting at the seams due to their inability to manage the large number of people infected. Regrettably, the pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions of people across the world. There is an urgent need to gather forces and put forth our learnings to try and manage—if not avert—future disasters.

This monograph captures views of the speakers and panelists invited for a forum at Equitable Healthcare Access Consortium (EHAC) to share their knowledge and learnings with the rest of the world. By bringing out this monograph, we hope to advocate the changes that need to be made top-down in our system to ensure that we avoid future pandemics and at least be in a state of preparedness going forward.

Theme: The Healthcare Systems In A Post-COVID World

Authors: Arnaz Dalal

Identifying Enablers and Barriers for Healthcare Organizations to Deliver Equitable Healthcare in a Sustainable Manner

India and many other emerging countries face an uphill task of providing healthcare on an equitable basis to all irrespective of their ability to pay. This is in stark contrast to many developed countries, where good healthcare is guaranteed for all its citizens. Barring a few exceptions, outside the realm of eyecare, there have been few success stories with regard to addressing the healthcare needs for other medical specialities. This report seeks to understand the barriers and enablers for providing equitable healthcare across various medical specialities. The insights have been garnered through primary research based on discussions with over 30 leaders spanning different organizations, medical specialities, and geographies in India. The key learning from this research is that it is possible to do good, while also doing well.

Impact: This study identifies acknowledging and measuring equity as one of the key aspects of equity in healthcare delivery. To deliver equitable healthcare, healthcare organizations need to recognize the inequities in the health of the communities and delivery of healthcare. Further, the inequities vary from one place to another.

Theme: Promoting equitable healthcare in a sustainable manner

Funder: Ernst & Young as part of the EY-IEMS Grant 2018–2019

Authors: D V R Seshadri, Devendra Tayade, Prakash Satyavageeswaran, Thulasiraj Ravilla