ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Repositioning the General Practitioner

The Government of India has recognised the importance of primary health care. The High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage for India, set up by the Planning Commission, has stressed in its report the importance of patient management and the gate-keeping functions of primary care doctors. Unfortunately, it has not diagnosed the reasons for the failure of primary care. This article points out that general practitioners are the only ones who can provide patient-oriented holistic care at the primary level. It argues for the introduction of a market-based incentive for general practitioners and give them pride of place in public health policy.

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