Indian Health System is underperforming relative to most global benchmarks and even compared to local neighbours. This underperformance is both on intermediate indicators such as the efficiency of resource use, quality of services, and access to them as well as outcome indicators such as health outcomes, responsiveness, financial protection, and equity. For improving the Indian health System multilevel actions are needed, which includes health financing.

Dvara Research through this new workstream tries to layout pathways to enhance health financing in India to achieve universal healthcare. The below infographic illustrates the journey envisioned by us towards universal healthcare.

This workstream also provides research support to the Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reforming Indian Health Systems.

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Writings

 
 
Given the inadequate government allocations to healthcare, we need to nudge the private sector to provide affordable primary care to consumers.
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Budgets are less than adequate. Greater efficiencies in spending will help in delivering more
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In Indian healthcare, technology has made inroads in areas like diagnostics & computer-aided surgeries, but has lagged elsewhere.
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The PMJAY is a powerful scheme with the potential for significant direct and indirect impact, writes Nachiket Mor.
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Ahead of Budget 2021, India needs to rethink its overall strategy for the investment of public funds.
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Government has multiple core roles in healthcare, including financing and stewardship. In India, large gaps remain on both fronts.
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In this post, we lay out some of the consumer-centric mechanisms to resolve demand-side (delayed care-seeking) & supply-side (improper response) issues within the health system.
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Covid-19 has exposed how ESIS and the ESIC system have failed beneficiaries; there is a need for reform involving outcome-measuring, better governance, and competition
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In this blog post, we analyse the VimoSEWA model in India, which shows the strength of community-level intervention and support
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In this post, we examine the concept of managed care and attempt to understand its relevance in the Indian context.
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Webinars

A Dvara Research & IndiaSpend Webinar Series

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.

  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 4
The Indian health financing landscape: what are the reform opportunities for this decade?
Monday, September 14th, 17:30 – 18:30 IST
  • Public finance first principles. What is the case for Government intervention in health care? What are the public goods in health care?
  • For private goods in health, what are the limitations of a pure OOP approach?
  • The importance of focusing on the quantum and effectiveness of pooled expenditures
  • An overview of the reform pathways for India

 

Recommended reading: Status of Health Systems in India at National and Subnational Levels – Hasna Ashraf & Nachiket Mor

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Commercial health insurance: Why not pay for outcomes?
Friday, October 9th, 17:30 – 18:30 IST
  • Scale and reach, what segments/packages are excluded and why
  • Supply-side problems
  • Role for managed care models
  • International best practices that India can learn from

 

Recommended reading: Commercial Health Insurance in India – Status and Challenges – by Sowmini Prasad & Indradeep Ghosh

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Social Health Insurance – The Broken Promise of Employee State Insurance (ESI)
Friday, November 27th, 16:30 – 17:45 IST

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

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PMJAY: Getting it to punch above its (fiscal) weight
Wednesday, February 24th, 17:30 – 18:30 IST
  • The design and structure of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)
  • Comparison to other international models of publicly funded health insurance programs: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
  • The capacity of the Indian state to deliver on PMJAY’s promises
  • Pathways for reforming PMJAY

 

Recommended reading: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY): The Scheme and its Potential to Reform India’s Healthcare System – by Sowmini Prasad

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