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Impact of Preventive Health Care on Indian Industry and Economy. Dr. Alka Chadha National University of Singapore September 12, 2007 New Delhi. Preventive health care. Today’s sedentary lifestyle of corporate employees invariably leads to long-term damage to health.

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impact of preventive health care on indian industry and economy

Impact of Preventive Health Care on Indian Industry and Economy

Dr. Alka Chadha

National University of Singapore

September 12, 2007

New Delhi

Preventive Health Care Seminar

preventive health care
Preventive health care
  • Today’s sedentary lifestyle of corporate employees invariably leads to long-term damage to health.
  • Knowledge-based economies rely on intellectual capital which is critically dependent on the quality and health of employees.
  • Preventive health care for employees is the need of the hour for the corporates to remain competitive.
  • The first ever survey done in India to understand and generate awareness regarding preventive health care measures in the corporate sector.
  • Preventive health care is about the individual and refers to health check-ups and lifestyle changes.

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relationship between disease and economic growth
Relationship between disease and economic growth

Disease

Absenteeism, early retirement, morbidity and mortality

Shorter lifespan and rise in the rate of time preference

Lower labour productivity

Higher dependency ratio

Higher consumption and lower rates of savings and investments

Lower national income and stagnant growth

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survey methodology
Survey methodology
  • Preventive health care providers were contacted to share their experience of providing health check-ups.
  • The first phase of the survey was carried out for private companies from March to June 2007 with 81 respondents.
  • The next phase of the survey was targeted at individual employees for one working week with 288 responses.

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preventive health care providers
Preventive health care providers
  • Apollo Hospitals Group emphasized the need for regular check-ups since a disease can develop at any stage in life.
  • K.G. Hospital said a health check-up is like an “annual maintenance certificate”.
  • Jaslok Hospital said preventive health care is required to reduce not just absenteeism but also “presenteeism”.

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mandays lost owing to sickness
Mandays lost owing to sickness

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does preventive health care increase profitability of a company
Does preventive health care increase profitability of a company

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employee survey
Employee survey
  • 40% of respondents belonged to the manufacturing sector.
  • 56% of respondents had undergone a preventive health check-up at some point.
  • Interestingly, the same percentage of responding employees were white-collared, among whom there is greater awareness and practice of preventive healthcare as compared to blue-collared workers.

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international comparisons
International comparisons

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demographic dividend
Demographic dividend
  • India is enjoying the competitive advantage of a young, English-speaking workforce while developed countries are facing the problem of ageing and rising health care costs owing to insurance charges.
  • Companies have to ensure that the labour force remains efficient and productive.
  • Thus, the need for preventive health care.

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policy recommendations for the private sector
Policy recommendations for the private sector
  • Conduct health audit of all employees at regular intervals through check-ups.
  • Follow-up with treatment and counselling.
  • Organize awareness camps.
  • Encourage employees to adopt a more healthy and preventive lifestyle.

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policy recommendations for the government
Policy recommendations for the government
  • Section 17 of the Income Tax Act provides exemption for medical expenses up to Rs.15,000 for employees. This should be amended to include the whole range of preventive health care measures.
  • Income Tax exemption under Section 80D of the Income Tax Law is provided for health insurance and medical treatment. Provision for a similar exemption should be made for preventive health care measures.
  • The government should provide fiscal incentives, like corporate tax breaks, to those employers offering preventive health care facilities to their employees.
  • We recommend preventive health vouchers as a service delivery system.

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Thank You

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