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.
The policy proposes a reversal to “monitoring” the prices of drugs, instead of “controlling” them, although the Supreme Court had earlier ruled against this.
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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.
Her collection of pre-election pledges gives a glimpse of what May plans for Britain’s $2.6 trillion economy as she plans the lengthy Brexit negotiations.
The Trump administration plans to expand the scope of a policy blocking assistance to foreign groups that perform or provide information about abortions.
It’s estimated that at least 800 medical personnel have been killed since the start of the Syrian war.
The ongoing debate is a continuation of the Philippines’ long journey towards reproductive health – and its having been turned into a political and moral issue by various actors.
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While the big talk is valuable, it shouldn’t distract from the Modi government’s actual performance so far.
A chance meeting on a minibus in Costa Rica inspired a young American to start crowdfunding healthcare for people all over the world.
Vice president Mike Pence said Bannon would continue to play an important role in policy and played down the shake-up as routine.
The Trudeau administration hasn’t really made drastic changes to Canada’s immigration policy, which is nearly as exclusionary as the US.
As US pharma companies push their interests, India is almost certainly going to be put on the USTR’s ‘Priority Watch List’ for 2017 too.
As long as healthcare is treated as a commodity, medical practitioners will keep catering to society’s paternalistic demands for sex selective abortions.
The debate and discussion that went into this Bill stand in stark contrast to other recent ‘backdoor’ parliamentary decisions, such as the Finance Bill.
Linking Aadhaar to nearly everything creates a “map of maps” that is vulnerable at multiple points.
Public-private partnerships offer little assurance in providing integrated and universal healthcare, and act as means for the expansion of the private sector.