Massachusetts Institute of Technology
There is a lot of talk now about the need to offer comprehensive health coverage for all Indians. However this conversation seems to entirely ignore the large body of accumulated knowledge about the supply and demand for healthcare in India, which makes it very clear that offering comprehensive coverage will be an extraordinarily challenging proposition without major changes in both demand and supply, both requiring major reforms in policy and implementation. Even the more limited and less fraught ambition of offering everyone catastrophic health coverage will be a stretch. It is also not clear, given that there is so much to be done on public health, why so much of the conversation is going in a different direction.
Date: July 28, 2011
Time: 03:30 P.M.
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Parisila Bhawan, 11, Indraprastha Estate
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