If the desired outcomes of a properly functioning healthcare system are good health outcomes, customer satisfaction, and adequate risk protection, then the Indian healthcare system is performing very poorly. The health status of Indians, relative to other developing countries, is below par. Health expenditures are skewed heavily towards out-of-pocket expenditures, and this translates into large socioeconomic inequalities in healthcare provision. Where services are available, they are generally of low quality. Middle- and low-income households are the most disadvantaged by these failings, and neither the state nor the market appears to be effective in closing these gaps. The objective of this webinar series will be to explore one of the “control knobs” for reforming the healthcare system in India that has not received adequate attention, and that is the financing of healthcare.
Over the course of four sessions, distinguished panellists will take up some of the most pressing questions about the financing of healthcare, and suggest pathways and proposals for reforming healthcare in India that are rooted in our context and institutional abilities.
Recommended reading: Status of Health Systems in India at National and Subnational Levels – Hasna Ashraf & Nachiket Mor
Recommended reading: Commercial Health Insurance in India – Status and Challenges – by Sowmini Prasad & Indradeep Ghosh
Even though ESI is a great scheme on paper, there are significant problems with its implementation and therefore its effectiveness. In this webinar, our panellists will offer their thoughts on the current state of ESI and what needs to change in order for the scheme to truly deliver on its promise. A key focus of the webinar will be to bring forward and explore the beneficiary’s perspective on ESI – a perspective that is often missing in the public discourse on ESI.
Recommended reading: Employee State Insurance Scheme – Performance and Potential Pathways for Reform – by Sowmini Prasad & Indradeep Ghosh
Recommended reading: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY): The Scheme and its Potential to Reform India’s Healthcare System – by Sowmini Prasad