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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 225-230

Universal health care in India: Panacea for whom?


Retired Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

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Imrana Qadeer
Retired Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110 067
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.123249

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This paper examines the current notion of universal health care (UHC) in key legal and policy documents and argues that the recommendations for UHC in these entail further abdication of the State's responsibility in health care with the emphasis shifting from public provisioning of services to merely ensuring universal access to services. Acts of commission (recommendations for public private partnership [PPPs], definition and provision of an essential health package to vulnerable populations to ensure universal access to care) and omission (silence maintained on tertiary care) will eventually strengthen the private and corporate sector at the cost of the public health care services and access to care for the marginalized. Thus, the current UHC strategy uses equity as a tool for promoting the private sector in medical care rather than health for all.


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