India Knowledge@Wharton May 17 - May 30Can New Delivery Models Help Fix India's Health Care Woes?
The statistics tell a stark tale: India's population is 1.2 billion and growing. The country has a GDP of US$1.85 trillion but health care spending is only about 5% of that. India's nine hospital beds per 10,000 people are far from adequate. Although much attention is focused on infectious diseases like malaria or HIV, incidences of chronic or "lifestyle" ailments such as diabetes and heart disease are growing. At the recent Wharton India Economic Forum held in Philadelphia, a panel of experts discussed various models for the country to capitalize on its own innovation and expertise to deliver affordable care to those most in need. Physical Education and Sports Make Inroads in India's Schools
A new chapter is unfolding in Indian schools. As administrators and parents realize the importance of sports in academia, entrepreneurs are pitching in to offer professionally managed sports and physical education programs. Experts tell India Knowledge@Wharton that this trend is in keeping with India's economic growth, but caution that schools need to sharply monitor outsourced sporting activities. Film Personality Boman Irani: 'An Actor Has to Feel Unfulfilled'
Film and theater actor Boman Irani was introduced to cinema at a very young age. But he took a meandering path to becoming an actor. His first job was working as a waiter. He then sold burritos at the family store, and later became a photographer. Getting into acting was almost an accident. Today, with more than 60 films under his belt including hits such as Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and 3 Idiots, Irani has also forayed into television. The problem with Indian cinema, he notes in this interview with Wharton professor Kartik Hosanagar, is that there is a lack of good scripts. Entrepreneurs Meena and K. Ganesh: Looking for the Next Disruptive Business Model
Meena and K. Ganesh are India's best-known entrepreneur couple. Over the past two decades, between them they have built and exited four successful ventures at a total valuation of US$300 million. Currently strategic investors in five e-commerce start-ups, the couple is also contemplating a new venture in retail health care delivery. In an interview with India Knowledge@Wharton, the duo said that they are "looking for the next disruptive model using technology and the Internet."