Private healthcare providers form industry body

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013, 19:48 PM IST

New Delhi: Indian private healthcare providers and medical devices manufacturers have come together to form an industry body, NATHEALTH to collectively face multiple issues facing the sector.  

The federation, which has 50 members including Apollo Hospitals, Fortis Healthcare, Max Hospitals, GE Healthcare,3 M Healthcare, SRL and Dr Lal PathLabs among others has been formed with "the vision to be the credible and unified voice in improving access and quality of healthcare".

Commenting on the development, NATHEALTH President and Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group Prathap C Reddy said: "Although healthcare is progressing there is still a large section in India that doesn't have access to quality healthcare facilities."

NATHEALTH will act as a catalyst to bridge gap, encourage development and optimise healthcare infrastructure for the progress of healthcare sector to the next level in India, he added.

"Our mission is to enable the environment to fund the long term growth for Indian healthcare and to support best practises and accreditation," NATHEALTH Vice President and Fortis Healthcare Executive Vice Chairman Shivinder Mohan Singh said.

Access to the quality healthcare remains a major issue, he added.

The federation has seen coming together of stakeholders such as leading healthcare providers, diagnostic service chains and medical technology companies.