“The budget’s focus to strengthen the Indian healthcare infrastructure is really welcoming as it will help us to be well-prepared to handle disease outbreaks/pandemic. This move will reduce the burden on the healthcare workers and ensure increased accessibility for receiving critical and emergency care. Initiatives to promote fitness and sanitation will help in preventing lifestyle issues and reduce the probability of disease outbreak among the rural areas. The proposed set-up for a viability gap funding window to set up hospitals in PPP mode will help healthcare institutions to expand their network to smaller districts. The PM Jan Arogya Yojana would be a real boost that would help the Indian population to receive advanced technology care in their hometowns and reduce their burden of travelling to metro cities. However, the decision to levy a 5 percent cess on import of medical equipment could have been avoided, as it’s used for advanced life-saving measures and helps India to be abreast with high technologies used around the world for healthcare.”
About Dr Alok:
Dr Alok Khullar brings with him nearly two decades of illustrious experience in the Healthcare Services, Hospitals and Insurance sectors and has played pivotal roles in managing large corporate portfolios and business turnarounds. His current role is as Chief Executive Officer at Gleneagles Global Health City Chennai.
He has worked in senior leadership positions across the Healthcare Industry including Kauvery Hospitals, HCL, American Express, Max Bupa Health Insurance & International SOS where he was instrumental in devising and executing strategic initiatives which helped in enhancing patient care, expanding the footprint and growing the organizations.
Dr Alok holds a Bachelor Degree in Medicine & Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) from SNMC Jodhpur, Fellowships in emergency & retrieval medicine and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.