How Uber Is Offering Healthcare Benefits In India
In the US, Uber Technologies and other startups are facing legal challenges as their large number of contract workers do not get healthcare and pay benefits provided to full-time employees, but in India, the company is taking a different route. In association with Indian healthcare network Oxxy, the company has announced that it will enable access to better healthcare for Indian drivers.
This is the second initiative from the Uber and Oxxy duo. Earlier, in March, they had joined hands to provide free rides to and from any hospital, diagnostic and path lab. And today, they have extended this partnership and announced that they will now offer free health checkups and subsidized medical rates for Oxxy’s gamut of services, for all Uber driver-partners and riders in 18 cities across India.
Commenting on the development, Amit Jain, President, Uber India said, “Healthcare plays a vital role in enhancing people’s lives, something Uber is dedicated and deeply committed to. Furthering our association with Oxxy, I’m proud that we will now be able to provide quality and affordable healthcare to the millions of Uber driver partners and riders in the country, a problem that’s been persistent so far.”
Pankaj Gupta, Founder Oxxy says “A 360 degree healthcare should have been started in the country long back. Goes without saying healthcare should be transparent, convenient and affordable for all. It’s the need of the hour. We are delighted to extend this partnership to include health benefits too, with Uber, a company that cares about healthcare, as much as we do.
The report notes that health checkups include blood tests that comprise a combination of sugar tests, cholesterol, thyroid, eye, dental and BMI to name a few. The combinations might change depending upon the area and the city. The catch here is that only the first medical checkup is free. Though the company said the subsequent checkups will be highly subsidized.
The estimated healthcare expenditure in India in 2013 was estimated at $96.3 billion which constituted almost 5% of the GDP. With a growth rate of 12%, this number is expected to cross $195 billion in the next three years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 33 percent of Indian health care expenditures in 2012 came from government sources. Of the remaining private spending, around 86 percent was OOP (out of pocket), a company statement justified.
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