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OUP India
06 February 2020
Health crises plague most economies irrespective of their average per capita income levels, and this is largely due to chronic and repeated illnesses. Contextualizing this paradigm in India, the India Public Finance and Policy Report: Health Matters is an attempt to discuss some of the most crucial issues faced by Indian health sectors and to examine alternatives for policymakers to provide affordable, reliable, and effective health care facilities to the people. This report compares three government-run social health insurance schemes-the Swasthya Sathi Scheme, the Aarogyasari Community Insurance Scheme, and a community-based health insurance scheme-to examine their effectiveness in reducing household's vulnerability to health shocks. Additionally, it brings to light the manipulation of health package deals by private hospitals to increase the amount patients spend on them. The report also estimates the inefficiencies across states and districts of India with regard to health care personnel and infrastructure. Moreover, the editors have put together a series of interviews with different stakeholders associated with the health care system, such as doctors, nurses, patients, and medical representatives, who discuss the problems that perturb this sector. Written in a lucid and non-technical language, this is a deeply researched theoretical and empirical commentary about health care and public polices in India.
Edited by:   Jyotsna Jalan (Professor Professor Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Kolkata), Sugata Marjit (Professor, Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata), Sattwik Santra (Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Centre for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy, Kolkata)
Imprint:   OUP India
Dimensions:   Height: 276mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   426g
ISBN:   9780190121150
ISBN 10:   0190121157
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   06 February 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jyotsna Jalan is Co-Director at the Centre for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy, Kolkata, and Professor of Economics at the Centre for Studies in Social Science, Kolkata. Sugata Marjit is Project Director at the Centre for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy, Kolkata, and the Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Science, Kolkata. Sattwik Santra is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Centre for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy, Kolkata.

Reviews for India Public Finance and Policy Report: Health Matters

This proposed book is a timely attempt and good contribution by the researchers. The most crucial issues faced by Indian health sectors now-a-days are inefficiencies, insurance scheme, and cost of illness or pricing. Therefore, research work on these issues is expected to attract wider attention of researchers, policy makers, health insurers and other stakeholders. This is an important area of publication, which has become even more significant after announcement of a government-funded health insurance scheme in India. The topic is clearly of interest for general readers including policy makers and politicians.


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