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September 24, 2018

India launches 'Modicare', world's biggest health scheme

France24 cites a Mint article by Rajiv Lall, Chairman, IDFC Institute and Vivek Dehejia, Resident Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute, on Modicare. Excerpts:


Experts have praised the latest programme but say it should have included primary day-to-day healthcare instead of just secondary and tertiary care for more serious and long term treatment.


"Modicare does not extend to primary healthcare, which, we believe, is the weakest link in the provision of public health in India," Rajiv Lall and Vivek Dehejia of the IDFC Institute think-tank said in a column for the Mint newspaper.


"The crucial point is that poorly delivered primary care inevitably increases the burden on health and finance at the secondary and tertiary levels down the line," they said.


Read the full article here.

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