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Journal of the Academy of Hospital Administration

Vol. 17, No. 2 (2005-01 - 2005-12)

Editorial

Issue numbers 1 and 2, January - December, 2005

India's healthcare sector has made rapid strides in recent years both domestically and globally. The spending in this sector has grown phenomenally, almost 5.2% of its GDP. It is estimated that by 2012 the healthcare sector would employ almost 9 million people.

Over the last few decades our large public health infrastructure and national disease control programmes have succeeded in eradicating major diseases. There is also a significant improvement in our key health indicatorslife expectancy, infant mortality, health and hygiene and morbidity besides the control of TB, and Malaria.

India is also emerging as a major healthcare hub because of its state of art technology and delivery of quality healthcare comparable with the rest of the world at a fraction of the cost.

The challenge now is to provide universal healthcare which is equitable and accessible to all. This has been clearly enunciated in our National Health Policy -2002. The aim is to provide acceptable standard of affordable healthcare to the general population. To this end the Government has launched the National Rural Health Mission last year. The time is now for all healthcare professionals and healthcare managers to meet this challenge with missionary zeal and deliver. Performance of healthcare managers will keep the pulse of our delivery systems ticking. The responsibility is clearly on their shoulders.

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Dr (Maj Gen) Ashim Chakravarti

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