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India’s health care system is one of the most privatised in the world. Thanks to policy of the government to encourage the growth of the private sector, especially since the 1990s, the share of private sector in various components of health care in India is very high. There's still hope if we care to promote private practitioners without weakening public sector.

India’s health care system is one of the most privatised in the world. Thanks to policy of the government to encourage the growth of the private sector, especially since the 1990s, the share of private sector in various components of health care in India is very high. There's still hope if we care to promote private practitioners without weakening public sector.

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Healthcare sector in India

  1. 1. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN INDIA How to plug the gaps
  2. 2. Govt should ensure that health benefits are Accessible Affordable & Acceptable to all
  3. 3. HURDLES FACED BY THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR Monopolised by corporate sector Public health care system is not well equipped Most government policies geared towards private sector Most of the MBBS doctors join private hospitals
  4. 4. Share of private players in total health sector
  5. 5. would be needed in urban India in coming 5 to 10 years to achieve the goal of one doctor per thousand population 5 lakh doctors
  6. 6. employed in urban public health centres currently while 95% are in the private sector 60,000 doctors
  7. 7. SOLUTIONS : • Certain private facilities can be contracted & given a public character • Private doctors & corporations can be an extension of public system • Oversight by community and civil society
  8. 8. Obligatory for all health providers to: Uphold patients’ human rights Have a just redressal system
  9. 9. Non-profit health care facilities including religious trusts Private general practitioners Small private hospitals edged out by big corporates Private as an ally
  10. 10. Approaches to non-profit sector There is a need to bring in a degree of socialization They should not be allowed to avail subsidies without providing free or concessional services The Trust deed should list the main objectives
  11. 11. Approaches to general practitioners Regulate their location, quality and pricing Contract them into publicly managed system on lines of NHS in UK Ensure no corruption in such insourcing.
  12. 12. Approaches to small private hospitals Already feel threatened by the big large corporate hospitals Involve them in public sector with clear contracts specifying their services Ensure proper regulatory and monitoring system
  13. 13. Internal functioning of all private facilities need to be democratised Staff should have adequate say in the functioning Trade unions or associations of employees can be an ally in demanding regulation Streamline private
  14. 14. For more information, visit www.goimonitor.com

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