New Delhi: The general elections to the 17th Lok Sabha (lower house of Indian Parliament) are scheduled to be held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019. For the first time, these elections are expected to be fought on key issues that trouble the common man like healthcare and affordable access, education, jobs from the manufacturing sector and other issues.
While national political parties are yet to release their manifestos, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AIMED), the apex body representing Indian Medical Device Industry has put out a proposal for political parties for their election manifesto on health.
The proposal highlights demands for patients’ protection, stronger quality & Safety regulations, price controls to make devices and quality treatment accessible and affordable and indigenous manufacturing viable.
The key points of AIMED’s proposal are:
Need to Regulate all Medical Devices under a Patients’ Safety Medical Devices Law to protect patients
Need to protect Consumers from exploitatively high MRP in Medical Devices by rationalized price controls
Need to encourage employment and Make in India of Medical Devices and address 70-90% import dependency by a predictive nominal tariff protection policy to ensure a vibrant domestic industry & competitiveness and price stability driven by competing domestic players
Need to incentivize Quality in Healthcare Products in public healthcare procurements by preferential pricing for Q1 e.g ICMED (QCI’s Indian Certification for Medical Devices) instead of L1 to ensure patients access acceptable quality.