Earlier this year, Indian Prime Minister Nahendra Modi unveiled an ambitious plan to give 100 million families free access to healthcare.
With some commentators comparing the new public health insurance scheme to the NHS in the UK, the question of the central position of healthcare in the bilateral relationship between the two countries is as pertinent as ever.
Following an address by the new Indian high commissioner to the UK, exploring opportunities for, and challenges to Indo-UK collaboration, the panellists consider how the two countries can collaborate on healthcare policy and provision.
After 70 years of a national health service, what lessons can the UK healthcare service give India? Can resourceful and low-cost innovations developed in India be adapted to the British system and, if so, how?
And with India’s healthcare market estimated to grow to $280 billion by 2020, what will be the role of the private sector as India attempts to build a ‘safety-net’ for its poorest citizens?
Keynote: HE Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, High Commissioner to the UK, India
Welcome: Dr Mohan Kaul, President, Indian Professionals Forum UK
Dr Ajay Gupta, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Indo UK Institute of Health
Emma Sheldon MBE, Group Marketing Director, Vernacare (2010-17); Board Member, UK India Business Council
Robert Yates, Project Director, UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security
Chair: Dr Champa Patel, Head, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House