Health care and private sector

For private plunder

Print edition : October 16, 2015

Tamil Nadu Food Minister R. Kamraj inaugurating the extended medical insurance scheme in Tiruvarur on January 18, 2012. A choice of “accredited” institutions, which in principle can be public or private, is provided in all such insurance schemes launched by States where the patient can seek treatment. In practice, the majority of the accredited institutions are in the private sector. Photo: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

Notwithstanding the goal of universal health care in the 12th Plan document, the government has reduced its role to merely providing a small part of health care, namely preventive aspects like immunisation, and handing over practically all clinical part of health care to the private sector.
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