The fourth National Health and Family Survey found that 56% of urban India chooses private healthcare and 49% of rural India makes the same choice.
A well-implemented regulation will ensure that patient care improves, while also creating safeguards that don’t let private establishments put all the onus of error on a doctor.
Explaining what ‘non-governmental’ means, two bureaucrats clarified it meant both NGOs as commonly understood as charitable organisations as well as private for-profit organisations.
India should not persevere with its focus on privatising healthcare or relying on health insurance.
Sources in the government said the final health policy was expected to be further delayed and the steering committee of the government needed to address the dissenting views.