A.K. Shivakumar, Development Economist says India needs a strong public sector in health if it is to achieve universal health care. However the public sector remains grossly under funded. India needs to increase funding of the public sector in health through taxation; prioritize primary health care funding (allocate 70 percent of financing in this area) and give states more flexibility in spending health resource allocations as they see fit.
Catastrophic health expenditure
Dr. Nata Menabde, WHO Representative to India, says that the number of people that have fallen into poverty because of catastrophic expenditure on health has risen in India over the last decade (1994-2004) in both rural and urban areas.
Key highlights from the panel discussion
Key highlights from the panel discussion on ‘Advancing Universal Health Coverage in India’ that was held on 8 May 2015.
Complete coverage of panel discussion
Complete video coverage of Panel discussion on ‘Advancing Universal Health Coverage in India’ that was held on 8 May 2015.
Achieving universal health coverage
Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission on government’s efforts to provide healthcare to all.
Universal health coverage: Role of civil society
Dr. T. Sundararaman, National Convenor, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement) says it’s important for the civil society to put pressure on the Government to increase public financing of health, and to provide actual, effective access to healthcare for all.
Public financing of health
Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India says the country needs to increase public financing of health to more than 3 percent of GDP.
Towards universal health coverage
This video, produced by the World Health Organization, explains the concept of universal coverage and uses examples from six countries – China, Oman, Mexico, Rwanda, Thailand and Turkey – to show ways that all countries can provide accessible and affordable care for their people.
The road to universal health coverage
WHO‘s report On the path to universal coverage takes evidence from all over the world to show how all countries, rich and poor, can adjust their health financing mechanisms so more people get the health care they need.