A few days ago, the Vice President of the Indian National Congress party, Mr. Rahul Gandhi tweeted that his party would implement the free medicines scheme for the poor across India. Since the tweet coincided with Mr. Gandhi’s visit to Rajasthan, it can only be assumed that he was touting a relatively successful scheme […]Read More Free Medicines or Better Health?
Health care policy in most developing countries has emphasized the development of government-owned health services, largely financed by tax revenues. Following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), many countries established systems consisting of peripheral clinics and health workers, integrated community health centers and a tiered system of public hospitals. As such systems became […]Read More HEALTH AND WEALTH – THE INDIA PARADOX
Despite knowing that spending on health has a multiplier effect on its GDP, it is only over the last two years that the UPA-2 government spared a thought for the health of its population. Goaded on by the National Advisory Council (NAC), the government made grandiose announcements to provide relief to the common man’s health […]Read More India’s Flawed Health Policy
In February 2012, India’s Planning Commission released the Report of the Steering Committee on Health for the 12th Five-Year Plan. The report recommended that India should target eight national health outcome goals, one of which is to reduce household “out-of-pocket” (OOP) expenditure on health care from the current 71% to 50% of total health care […]Read More India’s Universal Health Care – Where is the Money?
To put India on the path to universal healthcare (UHC), the Indian government announced that it would triple its spending in the health sector in the 12th Five Year Plan from an average 0.9 per cent of GDP to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2017. This includes a $5.4 billion plan spanning five years […]Read More India needs the private sector to achieve Universal Health Care