Pre Budget 2024 (Ms. Deepshikha Sharma- CEO of Sharp Sight Eye Hospital)

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Moreover, mental health needs to be a significant focus. The recent global health crises have underscored the critical need for robust mental health support systems.

As India prepares for the Union Budget 2024-25, the healthcare sector is poised at a crucial juncture, with an urgent need for strategic investments to cater to its burgeoning demands. The focus is distinctly on three pivotal areas: infrastructure enhancement, digital integration, and comprehensive mental health support.

 

Expanding healthcare infrastructure is paramount. Our goal should be to ensure that every citizen has access to quality healthcare, irrespective of their geographic location. This means building more hospitals and health centers in rural and suburban areas to bridge the urban-rural healthcare divide. Such expansion is not merely about buildings but also about equipping these facilities with the necessary tools and staffing them with trained healthcare professionals. This move will make healthcare more accessible and affordable, helping to alleviate the strain on existing urban centers and making a significant difference in the lives of millions.

 

Digital health technology also deserves a spotlight in this budget. By investing in telemedicine and digital health records, we can enhance the quality of care and its reach. The integration of digital tools in the healthcare system can transform patient care, making health management more efficient and effective. It enables doctors to access complete medical histories swiftly, improves diagnostic accuracy, and facilitates remote care, which is invaluable in areas where medical expertise is scarce.

 

Moreover, mental health needs to be a significant focus. The recent global health crises have underscored the critical need for robust mental health support systems. Funding should be allocated not just for treatment facilities but also for preventive care, including awareness campaigns and community outreach programs. This approach would help in destigmatizing mental health issues and making necessary services more accessible to the broader population.

 

The Union Budget 2024-25 presents a unique opportunity to lay a foundation for a future-ready healthcare system. Investments in healthcare infrastructure, digital health, and mental health services are not just fiscal allocations but are investments in the well-being and productivity of the nation’s populace. These measures will ensure a healthier, more resilient India, ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.

 

 

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