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Debating the Thirteenth Finance Commission

Two comments and two responses on two of the papers published in the special issue of the recommendations of the Thirteenth Finance Commission (27 November 2010). (This discussion could be read alongside that published on 26 March 2011.)

Health System Performance in Rural India

The present study attempts to analyse the performance of rural public health systems of 16 major states in India using the techniques from stochastic production frontier and panel data literature. The results show that not all states with better health indicators have efficient health systems. The study concludes that investment in the health sector alone would not result in better health indicators. Efficient management of the investment is required.

Health Sector in 2003-04 Budget

A number of concessions in the form of reduced excise, customs, or income tax exemptions have been announced for the healthcare industry. However, healthcare also needs to be viewed as a service. This the budget has neglected to do. Launching of an insurance scheme is a laudable beginning but overall rural healthcare has gained little in this budget.
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