Mr Yuichi Nagano, Managing Director, Sakra World Hospital Bengaluru

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As a country, India has shown remarkable growth and progress while managing a pandemic and becoming a preferred destination for medical treatments over the last few years. However, we are still reeling with certain infrastructural shortcomings that must be addressed in the upcoming union budget. As we know, that by 2025, the government is expected to increase the public investment from 1.29% of GDP to at least 2.5-3%. While we are taking steps towards becoming a digitized nation, we must also look into strengthening the medical fraternity holistically in terms of healthcare education, training and skill development and thereby, increasing the number of doctors available geographically for every nook and corner of the country, invest towards building more care and awareness programs for intensive care and preventive healthcare which includes mental health and overall wellness. It is only after we start investing in infrastructure and innovation, that we can look at strong private and public partnerships to create a technologically-advanced robust healthcare ecosystem that offers affordable, newer, out-of-the-box, innovative healthcare solutions to further reduce the burden, especially while catering to the underprivileged.

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