Indrani Gupta is Professor and Head of the Health Policy Research Unit of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India. Prof. Gupta received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, USA. She has been instrumental in setting up a centre for health economics and policy research in her institute, which remains one of the few places in India that undertakes policy-oriented research on the health sector. Her work experience has been varied, including teaching and academic institutes, the World Bank and the Government of India. Her areas of interest cover a wide range of topics, and include demand for health and healthcare, health insurance and financing, poverty and health, costing and cost-effectiveness, economics of diseases, and international agreements and their impact on public health.
Public spending on health coverage: Are we raising the right questions?
13 Feb 2015
The National Health Assurance Mission – India’s first move towards Universal Health Coverage – is expected to be launched soon. In this context, this column analyses the extent, distribution and quality of current public spending on healthcare. It suggests that the planning for a national programme for health coverage should take into account issues of fragmentation, inequity and inefficiency in the public healthcare system.
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