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Ayushman Bharat: India's miracle pill for all has a bitter coating

City hospitals are up in arms against the government’s proposal to drop medical-procedure costs. But the real devil lies in fixing India's rickety primary-care infrastructure, which is expected to shoulder the burden of the world’s largest universal healthcare scheme.
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18 Jul 2018 9 Mins Read 0 comment
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There’s a secret hiding behind the growing uproar of large city hospitals against the proposed low rates for medical procedures that are at the heart of Ayushman Bharat — India’s version of universal healthcare. The government wants to lean on the bottom tier of India’s healthcare pyramid, the primary healthcare system, and, in turn, reduce the dependence on secondary and
PHFI. “If the government purchases via a single-payer system by pulling multiple insurance schemes that exist at the central and state levels and also puts in some of the budgetary resources of healthcare into that system, it can then negotiate what it wants as deliverable and also fix the cost and quality measures.” ( Image in graph: Iuliia Chernikova/Shutterstock)
There’s a secret hiding behind the growing uproar of large city hospitals against the proposed low rates for medical procedures that are at the heart of Ayushman Bharat — India’s version of universal healthcare. The government wants to lean on the bottom tier of India’s healthcare pyramid, the primary healthcare system, and, in turn, reduce the dependence on secondary and PHFI. “If the government purchases via a single-payer system by pulling multiple insurance schemes that exist at the central and state levels and also puts in some of the budgetary resources of healthcare into that system, it can then negotiate what it wants as deliverable and also fix the cost and quality measures.” ( Image in graph: Iuliia Chernikova/Shutterstock)

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