ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Investing in Health

The publication of “Investing in Health,” the World Bank’s highly influential 1993 World Development Report, has guided structural adjustment policies and health sector reforms in many developing countries. This study looks at how investment in health has since taken place in India with the withdrawal of the state from healthcare, transformation of healthcare into a commodity, and promotion of the private healthcare sector by the state. This has led to an unregulated industry that is aggressively seeking expansion and profits from the provision of healthcare, and attracting investments by global finance capital.

Aspiring for Universal Health Coverage through Private Care

The National Health Policy 2017 makes a case for expanding private sector participation through collaboration. The policy offers little assurance of providing integrated and universal healthcare.

Public-Private Partnership and User Fees in Healthcare: Evidence from West Bengal

Increasing cost of medical care has emerged as the second biggest cause of rural indebtedness in India. A user fee at the point of service delivery is now common even at the basic primary healthcare level. Focusing on rural hospitals in West Bengal, this article examines the structure of user fees and compares it across a set of basic diagnostic services delivered by public sector healthcare institutions, public-private partnerships and the private sector. Revised user charges, and a restrictive exemption and waiver policy under the PPP framework has produced exclusionary effects in the primary healthcare system in the state.
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