Medical value travel is an essential part of addressing vulnerabilities and disparities in existing health systems, said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, on Friday.
Kotecha delivered the keynote address during a panel discussion on Achieving Holistic Wellness through Integrated Healthcare.
On this occasion, Kotecha said: “We are witnessing a paradigm shift in the health-seeking behavior of patients after Covid towards holistic health and well-being. The dream of a new healthy self-sustaining health system is only possible if it is of high quality, affordable and affordable. Accessible health services are given to all equitably provided Increasing accessibility to various health care systems with evidence, accreditations and latest medical technologies.
He said that ‘One World, One Health’ resonates with the principle of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means that the whole world is considered as one whole family where everyone is equal.
“Equal access to affordable and quality healthcare without financial hardship for the patient would be an important outcome,” he added.
He emphasized that connecting the globe through medical value travel based on integrated healthcare will serve to address the disparities in existing healthcare systems.
Speaking about Universal Health Coverage Secretary, Kotecha said integrative health care based on evidence-based traditional medicine practices and the modern system would be helpful to achieve Universal Health Coverage through quality; efficiency; Equity; Responsibility, sustainability and resilience.
“These attributes of Universal Health Coverage also function as core principles to guide decision makers in designing comprehensive integrative health care,” he said.
The G20 member countries held a constructive discussion during India’s G20 Presidency’s first Health Working Group meeting in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
One of the highlights of the three-day meeting was a side event on Medical Value Travel.
Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan were also present along with delegates from G20 countries.
During the three-day G20 India’s first health working group meeting, delegates discussed health priorities such as health emergency prevention and preparedness, strengthening cooperation in the pharmaceutical sector and digital health innovation and solutions.
The delegates also participated in a morning yoga session held on Day 2 and visited the Somatheeram Ayurveda Village in Kovalam, Kerala to understand the holistic health service delivery system.
Representatives from the G20 member countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Great Britain, United States of America and the European Union attended the event. Specially invited countries including Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, Nigeria, Singapore, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates participated.
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