NITI Aayog releases Report on Building a 21st Century Health System for India

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News: NITI Aayog has released a report titled ‘Health Systems for a New India: Building Blocks—Potential Pathways to Reforms’. The report charts out a roadmap for the complete transformation of India’s health system.

Facts:

Key recommendations from the report:

  • Develop and deliver on the unfinished agenda pertaining to population and public health
  • Change health system financing structure away from the predominant out-of-pocket spending into risk pooling mechanism (one that provides effective protection against catastrophic events).
  • Integrate healthcare service delivery vertically and horizontally
  •  Empower patients to become better purchasers of healthcare
  • Harness the power of digital health as a critical enabler for the overall transformation of the health system
  • Implement Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY with an eye on its potential to influence the overall healthcare transformation in India, beyond its current explicit mandate.