Is Modicare the most ambitious healthcare mission?

Published in The Economic Times | On February 14 On February 1, the Union Budget announced the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), the biggest such global plan to provide quality health cover to a population larger than the combined citizenry of the US, France, Germany and the UK. Called ‘Modicare’, the plan seeks to extend […]

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Is India ready for NHPS?

Published in The Indian Express | By K. Sujatha Rao | On February 13 The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) is based on four assumptions and one hope: One, creating an effective demand to trigger private investments in supply deficit areas, two, enabling tapping of the 30 per cent unutilised capacity in private hospitals for […]

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National Health Protection Scheme revealed in India

Published in The Lancet A new health insurance scheme announced in the Union Budget 2018/19 draws praise and also concern about limits to implementation. Patralekha Chatterjee reports from Delhi. The Indian Government’s plan to provide health insurance for 100 million poor and vulnerable families—or 500 million people, about half of India’s population—has catapulted health to […]

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PHFI allowed foreign funding, with riders

Published in Times of India | On February 9, 2018 | By Bharti Jain New Delhi: The home ministry order allowing Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to receive foreign contributions once again, albeit with its prior nod, comes also with the rider that it will report utilisation of all its foreign funding receipts to […]

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The hurdles ahead for universal health coverage

Published in Livemint | On February 6, 2018 Going by recent evidence, attempts by the government to pass on some costs of the proposed National Health Protection Scheme—which aims to provide 100 million poor households with an annual health cover of Rs5 lakh each—to insurance companies or states may not go down well with either. […]

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Upgrading district hospitals better than new AIIMS

Published in Hindustan Times| On February 3, 2018 | By Sanchita Sharma Setting up AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in underserved areas and states has been high on the agenda of successive health ministers. It’s no surprise because AIIMS in New Delhi is a brand that represents the best in medical education, treatment […]

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Senior WHO appointments are praised but raise questions

The Lancet Tedros, in unveiling his 15-strong top leadership team in October, declared “The team represents 14 countries, including all WHO regions, and is more than 60% women, reflecting my deep-held belief that we need top talent, gender equity and a geographically diverse set of perspectives to fulfil our mission.” This was the first time […]

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