In his keynote address, India’s ambassador to the US, S. Jaishankar, praised the Indian-American community, and in particular the physicians of Indian origin, for their role in transforming Indo-US relations.
He emphasized the key role AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summits have made in transforming the delivery of healthcare system in India. “If India has changed, the credit goes to you the physicians of Indian origin,” he was quoted as saying.
“You have made a change in the perception of India in the US by your hard work, commitment and great achievements,” Jaishankar said. Jim McDermott, Democratic co-chair of India Caucus in the US House, acknowledged the “need to fix to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula”. “AAPI has been seeking to collectively shape the best health care for the people of US, with the physician at the helm, caring for the medically underserved as we have done for several decades when physicians of Indian origin came to the US in larger numbers,” said AAPI president Jayesh Shah.
Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American physician in the US Congress, shared his own personal experience of growing up to be a physician and how he got elected in a district that has only one percent of Indian Americans. “My story is your story and our story is that of the entire nation’s,” he said. Bera praised AAPI for its agenda for future working towards having as many as 20 Indian American Congressmen in the next two decades. (IANS)