Published on Nov 14, 2019
With a massive population exceeding 1.3 billion people, the healthcare system in India is tasked with providing care to the large rural and urban areas of the country. The dichotomy between quality of care in rural and urban is one of, if not the largest challenges that India’s healthcare system faces. The contrast between quality of care in India’s rural and urban areas, as well as India’s status as a developing nation has resulted in initiatives aimed at elevating quality of care and access to healthcare.
Arvind Kasthuri does an excellent job highlighting the current challenges to delivering healthcare in India. These five challenges are dubbed the five “A’s”:
According to 2019 estimates from LSI’s Global Procedure Volume Tracker, the top three procedure categories, by total procedure volume, in India were:
Overall, LSI projects that there will be over 45 million surgical procedures performed in India in 2019.
Several factors are positively influencing surgical procedure volume growth in India. Population projections estimate that the population of India will surpass China within the next decade. Overall life expectancy has also increased in India as living conditions continue to improve. A large population that is living longer are two factors that have a strong, uplifting effect on surgical procedure volumes in India. Indians gaining access to, and spending more money on healthcare services also positively influence surgical procedure volume growth. Data from the World Bank shows healthcare expenditure has steadily recovered from a decline in 2013.
Current health expenditure (% of GDP) – India
Source: The World Bank
LSI’s Global Procedure Volume Tracker projects procedure volume growth for over 200 procedures, offering country-specific and global insights on trends in surgical procedures. Surgical procedure volume growth shows no signs of slowing down, as healthcare providers in developed and developing nations are tasked with meeting the increasing demand for care.
The next installment in this series will look at surgical procedure volume trends in Japan.
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