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Mark time: India's march to universal health care coverage

Bali, A.S. and Ramesh, M. (2015) Mark time: India's march to universal health care coverage. Social Policy & Administration, 49 (6). pp. 718-737.

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This article evaluates the efforts underway in India to achieve universal health care coverage and the conditions that fostered its contemporary evolution. It finds that India's health system is characterized by private provision and financing, horizontal and vertical fragmentation, and weak governance arrangements. The article argues that these defining characteristics, which have solidified over time, account for poor health outcomes and make the system impervious to reforms as they deny the government levers to intervene and shape outcomes in the sector. While the government's recent efforts of increased public funding of national programmes have helped to reduce out of pocket spending, these are unlikely to work in the long run unless the government addresses the sources of the problems. The article argues that building health care governance, strengthening regulatory architecture, and stewardship over the system, in conjunction with increased public spending, are essential if the health care system is to provide affordable care to the entire population.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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