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Healthcare: A Commodity or Basic Human Need?


Defining the Goal

Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) Mumbai (India), the premier tertiary cancer treatment and research center in South Asia and one of the largest globally, is celebrating its platinum jubilee year (2016 - 2017). Over the past seventy years of existence, TMC has been committed to the vision and mission of providing uniform, affordable, quality cancer care. India a developing nation falls mainly in the segment of LMIC and encounters difficult challenges in delivery and affordability of specialized care, in effect, healthcare planning essentially focuses on the supply of cost effective options, which can be optimally deployed for a large majority.

Globally however, healthcare delivery caters to wide spectrum of stake-holders ranging from state / center funding at one end to private institutions and ’payable’ services at the other, with some interesting shades of grey in between. Healthcare thus offers excellent latitude to implement what is the ideal quality control and assurance with most stringent accountability while needing to safeguard at the other extremity, the perils of commodifying an essential.

Against the dynamic backdrop, TMC with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare bring to you, a conference positing the perennial question - “Is Health a Basic Human Need or a Commodity?”  

Universal Healthcare is not just a pipe dream, but a necessitated global reality, which qualifies as a principal Dr. Rajendra A. Badwe Director, Tata Memorial Centre concept in healthcare planning. One of the peculiarities in the contemporary world is our surprising failure to make adequate use of policy lessons that can be drawn from the diversity of experiences, which the heterogeneous world already provides.

The conference aims to address this limitation by forging a correlative platform for various healthcare models followed across the globe. The goal of this interaction would be to evolve a healthcare model that is not only ideal for the developing countries but is also use worthy in the developed world by providing cost effective solutions.

World’s leading thinkers will convene on one flat ground to debate the ramifications of possible answers to this vexing question while prominently focusing on cancer-care and its symbiotic relationship with growth and economic development. Health economists, policy planners, administrators, clinicians, patient advocates, epidemiologists, regulators and other stakeholders will dissect the multifarious corollaries of this theme over three days. The deliberations will be collated in an authoritative “Mumbai Declaration” that we hope will cast beneficial influence on national and global health policy in times to come.

We look forward to your vital participation in helping us create a fraternity that will be a seedbed of significant thoughts and ideas.

Kind Regards

Yours Sincerely


    Director, Tata Memorial Centre

    Deputy Director, ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre