PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 792, p1 - 2 Dec 2017 Bottlenecks in move towards universal health coverage in India The National Health Policy 2017 recently introduced in India is a move towards universal health coverage but does not address the bottlenecks in achieving this goal, say authors of an article published in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. The new policy aims to provide universal access to free primary care in India by strengthening the public system, and to secondary and tertiary care through strategic purchasing from the private sector, to overcome deficiencies in public provisioning. However, it overestimates the capacity of the public sector and downplays the challenges observed in purchasing secondary care, commented the authors. Provision of primary, secondary and tertiary care requires separate approaches or policy tools such as public provisioning, contract purchasing and insurance mechanisms. "We suggest that the government should systematically identify and fill current gaps in primary care, strengthen public hospitals to provide secondary care and purchase tertiary care through insurance mechanisms," said the authors. "Attempts to adopt the design, without a clear strategy for developing the required institutional capacities and governance arrangements necessary for implementing this vision, are likely to be ineffective," they added. Maurya D, et al. Horses for Courses: Moving India towards Universal Health Coverage through Targeted Policy Design. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy : 16 Nov 2017. Available from: URL: http://doi.rg/10.1007/ s40258-017-0358-2 803284962 1173-5503/17/0792-0001/$14.95 Adis © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 2 Dec 2017 No. 792
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Published: Dec 2, 2017
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