Priorities for India’s National Health Policy

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Shamika Ravi

Brookings Institution

Rahul Ahluwalia

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

Date Written: July 22, 2016


This paper recommends that India’s public health funding must focus on ‘public goods’ in health – primary and preventive care, vaccination and sanitation among others. Improved governance and management is absolutely critical for actual delivery of health services – the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation governance model could be adopted at larger scale for managing all health services delivered by the states. Human resource shortages should be plugged by paramedics – graduates of a three-year course have been shown to be as good as MBBS doctors for common rural primary health problems. Higher levels of care should be left to the market, while government should focus on providing balanced and transparent regulation to enable the market to function. Health care financing pitfalls can be avoided by adopting Health Savings Accounts which allow tax exempt savings that can only be used for medical purposes.

Suggested Citation

Ravi, Shamika and Ahluwalia, Rahul, Priorities for India’s National Health Policy (July 22, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Shamika Ravi (Contact Author)

Brookings Institution ( email )

1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Rahul Ahluwalia

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad ( email )

Hyderabad, Gachibowli 500 019

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