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Q. New national health policy-2017: Comment on recently approved national health policy-2017.
Mar 24, 2017 Related to : GS Paper-2

Ans :

Introduction-

Recently the union cabinet has approved the national health policy 2017 (NHP-2017), which aims to reach everyone in a comprehensive, integrated way to move towards wellness. The core objective of this policy is to achieve universal health coverage by delivering quality healthcare services to people at an affordable cost. 

Key objectives-

  • NHP-2017 seeks to achieve the highest possible level of good health and well-being, through a preventive and promotive healthcare orientation in all developmental policies, and to achieve universal access to good quality healthcare services.
  • It proposes free drugs, free diagnostics and free emergency care services in all public hospitals. It recommends prioritizing the role of the Government in shaping health systems in all its dimensions.
  • It envisages strategic purchase of secondary and tertiary care services as a short term measure to supplement and fill critical gaps in the health system. Similarly it advocates a positive and proactive engagement with the private sector for critical gap filling towards achieving national goals.

Analysis-

  • The roadmap of NHP-2017 is comprehensive, as it sets access to affordable, comprehensive and quality healthcare for all as a priority for the government. It focuses on making to universalise affordable and quality healthcare.
  • NHP-2017 sets milestones both in terms of public financing and programme impacts. The policy commits the government to increase public spend on healthcare from the current 1.15% to 2.5% of GDP by 2025, and sets a floor of 8% of state budget for states to meet by 2020.

Conclusion-

The recently approved national health care policy comprehensively focuses on all the aspects related to health care services effectively. It is comprehensive policy aims universal affordable health care services with standard quality. Though policy aims at high quality services, but it must be also supported by passing supportive laws.


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