Mr Maulik Chokshi, Deputy Country Director (Technical), ACCESS Health International was invited onto a panel by the American Chamber Of Commerce In India for their Healthcare Special Session with the theme of “Enabling Innovations to Strengthen Cancer Care in India”.

The event was based on the understanding that strengthening cancer care in India will require a focus on early detection, treatment access, research, patient support, data management, public awareness, prevention, collaboration, and effective policies that can strengthen the entire healthcare delivery ecosystem for cancer care. The event aimed at addressing these aspects, which will enable India to make significant strides in improving cancer care and reducing the burden of this disease on its population.

The session titled “Exploring Innovative Financing Models for Improving Access to Quality Cancer Care” discussed essential and innovative financing models that can help enhance access to high-quality cancer care. The conversation also expanded the crucial nature of stakeholder engagement, conducting thorough feasibility studies and establishing clear accountability mechanisms for the successful implementation of these innovative financing models. It also discussed how regulatory frameworks may need to adapt to accommodate these novel approaches to healthcare financing.

Mr Chokshi was joined on the panel by

Dr. Vibhav Garg, Director – Health Economics & Govt Affairs, India HUB & ASEAN; Boston Scientific

Ms. Kachina Chawla, Division Chief for Health Systems Strengthening, USAID/India

Mr. L.M. Singh, Managing Director India, Global Head – Partnerships and Innovative Finance, Vital Strategies India

The session was moderated by Mr Rakesh Koul, Partner, Ernst & Young, India; who also delivered the opening address for this session.

The first session at the event was titled “Effective Interventions for Equitable Access to High-Quality Cancer Care and Identifying Access Barriers Across Patient Journey” which was aimed at delving into several effective ongoing interventions and strategies that can help address disparities in cancer care and when scaled up will ensure that all individuals, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status, have

access to the best possible care. The third session was titled “Innovative Approaches to Increase Awareness Towards Early Detection” and was aimed at exploring how by embracing these innovative approaches, healthcare organizations, governments, and advocacy groups can create engaging, accessible, and effective campaigns that motivate individuals to prioritize early detection and take proactive steps toward better health.

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