Guest column : Why India needs the private sector to achieve universal healthcare

To put India on the path to universal healthcare (UHC), the Indian government announced that it would triple its spending in the health sector in the 12th Five Year Plan from an average 0.9 per cent of GDP to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2017. This includes a $5.4 billion plan spanning five years to distribute medicines free of cost to its citizens. The key unanswered question is: who will deliver this largesse to the people? Continue reading “Guest column : Why India needs the private sector to achieve universal healthcare”

India and universal healthcare: follow-up

A drug industry event on healthcare access last week provided an opportunity to connect with Dr Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India and the man who led the team that authored a state-funded report on Universal Health Coverage for all  Indians, released late last year.  Dr Reddy gave the keynote address at the Continue reading “India and universal healthcare: follow-up”