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New Health Policy and Chronic Disease

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has made public the National Health Policy 2015 Draft for discussion. The draft is more exhaustive and better organised in its coverage compared to the National Health Policy of 2002. It touches upon contemporary issues of concern, including the rapid emergence of chronic non-communicable diseases. From the latest available evidence, issues crucial to tackling chronic illness in India are discussed.

Changing Inequalities in Utilisation of Inpatient Care in Rural India: Evidence from the NSS

Contrary to the widespread belief of increasing inequality in the health sector, this paper observes that economic status-related inequality in inpatient care utilisation has declined in recent years. However, a lowering of inequality has not made the situation more equitable for the poor because of a high increase in the rate of inpatient care utilisation, a decline in dependence on government hospitals and a steep hike in the cost of inpatient care. In a majority of states, the average cost of inpatient care, even at government hospitals, has grown at a much higher rate than the prices of essential food items. The hardships faced by the rural poor to meet healthcare expenses show that the net result has been a welfare loss for them.

Health Care in West Bengal

In the ongoing battle between construction and counterconstruction of 'the truth' about health care in the state, a critical look at the system, the patterns of use and the issues. What is needed is a better understanding of the organisation of health care at the system level, which would go beyond the confines of the health department and delineate the appropriate role of the government vis-à-vis the private sector.

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