The policy falls somewhere between a comprehensive plan for major expansion of public health services, socialisation of the private sector and extreme privatisation.
The policy has proposed institutional reform, and steps to improve and upgrade the quality of services. But there is no correlation between the ambition targets and the public investment proposed.
The new National Health Policy identifies what needs to be done, but fails to address who will do it and in what manner.
The new policy unveiled in parliament also envisages an increase in the health budget to 2.5% of GDP but only by 2025.
Sources said the new policy will strengthen primary healthcare centres.
While the cost of hospitalisation has gone up more than 10% between 2004 and 2014, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana’s insurance coverage has remained unchanged.
Hailed by Obama as key to stopping Iran from building a nuclear bomb, the deal was also signed by China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany and the EU.
Nearly one in ten Indians is over 60 years old, a fact often lost amid the economic bombast of India’s ‘demographic dividend’.
Does the wide linguistic gulf between India and China indicate that the two countries are doomed to live in a state of eternal contention?
The single most important policy failure of most Indian governments has been the near-complete neglect of public health and education.
In an attempt to protect children from tobacco addiction, the ministry has asked state governments to ensure cigarette shops sell only tobacco and not any consumer goods.
It is time for India to fully fund and implement its ambitious health policies, and translate them into better health outcomes for its millions. Without health, little else matters.
Where India Goes is essential reading not only for policy-makers and development professionals, but for anyone interested in the paradoxes of development in the early 21st century.
As more cows reach the non-productive age, the number of abandoned cows will swell and spill over to fields. Will ear tags and bovine sanctuaries end the farmers’ curse?
Obese banks are generally unhealthy for the economy. But the government is happily fattening banks thinking they are becoming “stronger” in the process.
The price of demonetisation’s “success” is now clear – slowing economic growth. What makes matters worse is that India has made very little headway in solving its twin balance sheet problem.
A roundup of news this week from the northeast.
Farmers with the smallest land holdings and landless agricultural labourers who need financial support do not have access to formal sources of credit and do not benefit from loan waivers.
The policy proposes changes in the role and function of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, as well as to its overall structure, which will weaken the autonomy of the body.
The policy proposes a reversal to “monitoring” the prices of drugs, instead of “controlling” them, although the Supreme Court had earlier ruled against this.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Karnataka’s public-private partnership healthcare models show that regulations are often flouted and profit-making supersede patients’ needs.
The political will of a government is intimately tied to the willingness and ability of citizens to take the government to task either by mobilising against it or by voting it out of power.
The NITI Aayog’s draft national energy policy seeks to keep India’s economy heavily reliant on fossil fuels even in 2040.
Why did Bhutan, which stood by India during its conflict with China and Pakistan, drift away? What caused the crisis in bilateral relations in 2013?
The cultivation of safflower for its oil is declining because farmers are not finding a ready market and are discouraged by low prices.
Instituting an All India Health Cadre would ensure that medical professionals are properly trained to tackle the needs and demands of India’s health sector.
Notwithstanding the recent unpredictability seen in Indian influenza seasons, we know that flu has become enough of a threat to warrant a vaccination policy.
The National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-nomadic Tribes has submitted its interim recommendations to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with a view to address the issues plaguing the community.
As no specific minimum budget per student for providing mental health resources has been set down, universities decide how much to allocate, which in many cases, can be nothing at all.
While some states have managed to increase access to affordable healthcare, it remains below par when compared to other developing economies.
Despite the high out-of-pocket costs, a large number of patients across rural and urban India are choosing private healthcare options.
The Prime Minister feels that a difference in core values could lead to the breaking up of the coalition party.
The stimulus package bill has not yet been passed due to the Democratic Party lacking a majority.
Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom has set universal health coverage as a priority. There are several ways to make headway with this goal.
In November 2016, the Delhi high court had ordered the government to finalise a policy on rare disease as patients repeatedly petitioned the court asking that the expensive drugs required for treatment be provided for free.
The plan would cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over ten years, balancing the budget by the end of the decade.
Hopefully the Jadhav matter will encourage Indian policy makers to take international law and its obligations and institutions more seriously, rather than as an encumbrance or distraction.
Punitive population control measures will likely have an adverse impact on the state’s vulnerable groups – migrants, religious minorities and a blend of the two, migrants who are Bengali Muslims.
Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too.