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  • Doctors do avoidable surgeries to meet corporate targets
    CHENNAI: The numbers speak of Chennai's rise as a medical capital: More than two lakh cataract surgeries in a year, a two-fold jump in caesarean section, a sharp spiral in hysterectomies. They also belie an uncomfortable truth: Doctors are increasingly becoming scalpel-happy. If your doctor asks you to undergo a cataract surgery, hysterectomy, gall bladder or tonsils removal, or an operation of the lower-back, please take a second opinion.
  • Report on Designing and Costing of an adaptable and flexible Essential Health Package (EHP) for Indian States
    Countries around the world have adopted different approaches in defining health packages, some have framed benefit packages as defined set of healthcare services while others have incorporated broader determinants of health as part of basic population wide health services. Since health is a State Govt. responsibility in India, it was imperative to develop an "Essential Health Package" that was flexible enough to address State health priorities.
  • Report on Identifying Operational Pathways for Integrating National Disease Control Programmes within the Framework of Universal Health Coverage
    As India joins an increasing league of countries in implementing UHC for its 1.2 billion citizens over the coming decade, a key focus area of the Indian government is to reorient India’s existing health system. For this it is important to take into account the nature and distribution of existing health programmes where the role and levels of programme integration must be taken into consideration.
  • Commemorative Universal Health Coverage Day Meeting Report (December 12, 2014)
    The first ever Universal Health Coverage (UHC) day was celebrated on 12 December 2014 globally by more than 400 organisations from over 80 countries. The commemorative event was timed to the two-year anniversary of the United Nations' historic resolution on universal health coverage. In India, World Health Organisation, Public Health Foundation of India, Rockefeller Foundation and Oxfam India collaborated to commemorate the UHC day.
  • The primary focus
    The World Universal Health Coverage Day, observed on December 12, builds on growing global momentum towards introducing universal health coverage (UHC) in national health plans and reinforces the case for including UHC as a prominent sustainable development goal to be adopted by the UN next year. India proposes to implement a programme of national health assurance, which embraces the principles of UHC. It is expected that the government will use the National Health Mission (NHM) and the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) to propel UHC.
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With the aim of incorporating a comprehensive plan for health in India the Planning Commission of India, under approval by the Prime Minister, constituted the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in October 2010. Themandate was to develop a framework for providing easily accessible and affordable health care to all Indians and suggesting a 10-year strategy going forward. With technical support from the PHFI secretariat, the review process of the HLEG consisted of situational analyses...

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