The grim picture of backlog in India’s primary healthcare sector

Published in Business Standard | By Abhishek Waghmare | On March 24, 2018 The NITI Aayog is spearheading reforms in the health care sector by helping formulate the new insurance scheme and planning to use data analytics to monitor health outcomes. But even a cursory look at infrastructure adequacy and human resource availability in primary health in India shows up a grim picture. […]

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One doctor for 17,685 people in Bihar: Health Minister

Published in Indian Express | On March 24, 2018 There is one doctor for every 17,685 persons in Bihar, Health Minister Mangal Pandey has said in the Assembly. Replying to a query by RJD’s Akhtarul Islam Shaheen during the Question Hour yesterday, Pandey said that doctor-population ratio in Bihar is 1:17,685, as against the national […]

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Cabinet approves Modicare with budgetary support of Rs 160-billion for 2 Years

Published in Business Standard | By Veena Mani & Sanjeeb Mukherjee | On March 22, 2018 The Cabinet has approved the Ayushman Bharat or National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS, also referred to as ModiCare), with budgetary support of Rs 160 billion for 2018-19 and 2019-20. Proposed to be portable across India, the scheme is intended to provide health care for […]

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Centre’s healthcare push: Clears insurance plan, national mission

Published in Indian Express | By Abantika Ghosh| On March 22, 2018 Continuing to focus on healthcare, the Union Cabinet Wednesday approved the organisational architecture of the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) that will provide health insurance to 10.74 crore families, and the continuation of the National Health Mission till March 31, 2020, with budgetary […]

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Is the National Health Protection Scheme good public policy?

Published in Livemint | By Shamika Ravi and Neeraj Sood| On March 12, 2018 India recently announced an ambitious plan called the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) to provide government-sponsored insurance to roughly 500 million people or nearly 40% of India’s population. Since the announcement, there has been much debate about two issues. First, does […]

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