Underlining the importance of the Medical Value Journey, Pawar said that traditional medicine plays a vital role in promoting health in communities around the world and continues to be the first point of contact and a crucial resource for individuals.
He underlined the wide acceptance of traditional medicine and said, “Traditional medicine is gaining worldwide recognition as effective tools for pain management and shows a lot of promise against antibiotic resistance. More than 170 of the 194 WHO Member States also reported the use of traditional medicine.”
Dr Pawar praised India’s efforts to create a unique ecosystem for holistic health and healthcare. “India has managed to combine the best of modern and traditional medicine with wellness treatments. In addition, our healthcare system offers quality treatment, is widely accessible, and is one of the most affordable systems in the world.”
Encouraging participants to promote value-based healthcare, Dr Pawar urged stakeholders to discuss and enable equal access to value-based healthcare worldwide. Reiterating the need for a holistic policy framework to promote Medical Value Travel, he said, “In the majority of countries, Medical Value Travel is privately run and is a policy imperative, while facilitating the delivery of healthcare services to patients in need across geographic borders.” Travel needs to gain momentum to promote Medicinal Value.”
Dr Pawar said, “With the G20 India Presidency, we have the opportunity to create multilateral collaborations between countries, facilitated by knowledge sharing, leading to the creation of effective policies that assist citizens worldwide with accessible, affordable and quality healthcare.” He was hopeful that “G20 countries will create a unique blueprint for the future of the medical value journey through effective collaboration.”
The Union’s Minister of State for Health, Dr. and Family Welfare, “Under the G20 India Presidency, we plan to strive for equal access to healthcare for all and help create a framework that can reduce inequalities in access to healthcare worldwide.
“India envisions accelerating efforts to accelerate the implementation of value-based health services and achieve the goal of Universal Health Coverage worldwide.” He was here today opening the Medical Value Journey session on the sidelines of the 1st Health Working Group meeting under the G20 India Presidency. Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog was also present at the event.
Union Health Secretary Shri Rajesh Bhushan spoke about the importance of Medical Value Travel in today’s globalized world. Reiterating the ancient Indian philosophy of health-as-a-service (seva) and the Sanskrit saying of Sarve Santu Niramaya (let everyone in the world stay healthy), he called on all stakeholders to synergize their efforts towards the common goal of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal, the Sustainable Development Goal. “Good Health and Wellbeing” and “Universal Health Insurance” for all.
Shri Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary (AYUSH), Dr. Rajiv Bahl, Secretary (DHR) and Shri Lav Agarwal, Additional Secretary (MoHFW) and senior officials of the Union Government were also present at the event.
Representatives from G20 member states such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America and Europe Union joined.
Countries with special invitations included Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, Nigeria, Singapore, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates. International organizations such as Asian Development Bank, African Union – AU, ASEAN, BMGF, CEPI, Commonwealth, FAO, G20 Innovation Hub, GAVI, Global AMR R & D Hub, OECD, Rockefeller Foundation, STOP TB-Partnership, World Economic Forum Wellcome Trust, WHO, World Bank, UNICEF, UNEP etc. organizations also participated.