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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...