The city will host health care talks and workshops focusing on contemporary health care and medical tourism at the Med-e-talks which will be held at the Abad Airport hotel on December 14 and 15. The programme will discuss the fast-changing health care environment in the country and various threats and opportunities being faced by stakeholders.
Dignitaries, including oral and maxilo surgeon Dr Prasanth Pillai will participate in the seminar. As the middle-class expands, health will become top priority. While there is a shortage of trained health care professionals and facilities to keep up with the demand, the lack of information about the availability of good and cost-effective medical services in the country has also added to the woes.
While focusing on these issues, Med-e-talks will give an insight into various aspects that help organisations adapt to the new-age environment. Medical tourism opportunities will also be discussed and the cost- effectiveness and success of Internet in promoting the work of doctors from India will be highlighted.
Mid-segment hospitals and individual practitioners had been at the falling end of practice for the past few years. In 2012 alone, more than 50 private hospitals have had to close down owing to financial non-viability and the competition by bigger hospitals. These issues will also be addressed.