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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-50

Draft national health policy 2015: A critical appraisal

Senior Adviser; International Clinical Epidemiological Network (INCLEN), New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Faruque U Ahmed
Rtd. Director NEIGHRIMS, Shillong. "AHMED VILLA" Seujpur, 4th. Bye lane , Dibrugarh, Assam - 786001
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.177304

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Revising a health policy of any country is a periodic procedure dependent on the change of demographic profile, current health status of the population including epidemiological changes in disease prevalence pattern, and progress made under the earlier policies. Along with it, newer research revelation of the natural history of the existing and emerging health problems, availability of newer technology as well as changing sociopolitical commitment to improve the health status of the population are the driving forces in the change of policy. Draft National Health Policy (NHP) 2015 is an attempt for the same. A review of the draft has been undertaken. The chapter on introduction is crisp and clear. Situation analysis of the draft is sketchy and without any reference of sources. Shifting the health goal is without any basis, and the objectives defined for the policy change are incongruous with the introduction. A detailed description does not give a clear picture but rather confuses the reader as it talks of comprehensive universal health-care services to be provided with a holistic concept but maximum emphasis is made in the implementation of a national program. Private health-care services are an area to reckon but except for mere references on the involvement in private-public mode, nothing concrete is observed, especially in the primary care level. Involvement envisaged in the secondary and tertiary levels is nebulous. The implementation health insurance program as well as regulatory mechanISM with the existing is also not defined exclusively in the context of a newer health policy.

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