Inundated with business acumen, Dr Sushil Shah displays an exemplary mix of academic and business success. In addition to the evident accomplishments to his credit as the founder of Metropolis Healthcare, he has held directorial positions at leading corporations.
Here in this exclusive interview, Dr Sushil Shah, Chairman, Metropolis Healthcare shares his views on the healthcare scenario in India, latest initiatives by his company, expansion plans, CSR activities and much more.
Your views on the current healthcare scenario in India?
Over the last few years, India has achieved considerable strides in overall healthcare including diagnostics. There is a vast pool of talented medical personnel in the country, including doctors, nurses, and technicians. The availability of advanced medical technologies across the healthcare industry has improved, however there are still significant hurdles to overcome. Both the private and public healthcare system play a significant role in reducing the burden on the healthcare system in the country and improving the overall health of the population.
Which public health challenges deserve immediate attention from policymakers?
There are several public health challenges that deserve immediate attention from policymakers, both in India and around the world. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a significant public health challenge, with new variants emerging and vaccination efforts needing to be ramped up. Policymakers need to focus on measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, ensure adequate healthcare infrastructure and supplies, and promote vaccine access and uptake.
Non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are the leading causes of death globally, and their prevalence is increasing. Policymakers need to implement strategies to prevent and manage these diseases, including promoting healthy lifestyles and ensuring access to screening and treatment services. In addition to this, mental health issues are a growing concern worldwide, with significant impacts on individuals, families, and communities.
What role are the private healthcare providers such as Metropolis Healthcare playing to address the gaps?
Private healthcare providers such as Metropolis Healthcare play a significant role in addressing healthcare gaps. These providers have the necessary expertise, technology, and infrastructure to offer high-quality healthcare services. One of the key roles played by private healthcare providers is to bridge the gap between the demand for healthcare services and the supply of such services. We can provide access to specialized medical services, such as advanced diagnostic tests and treatments. We can leverage technology and innovation to offer more efficient and effective healthcare services, which can help to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
Furthermore, private healthcare providers can play a vital role in preventive healthcare by offering health check-up packages, wellness programs, and disease management services. These initiatives can help to detect health problems early and prevent the onset of chronic diseases, which can reduce the burden on healthcare systems in the long run.
“One of Metropolis’ primary goals is to expand our network and strengthen our domestic presence.”