India aims to introduce universal health coverage during the 12th five year plan (2012-2017), but the public health system faces massive problems with inadequate infrastructure, poor funding and inefficiency. The only way forward is to partner with private firms, argues McKinsey & Co. in a new report.
"While public health experts have recommended that the government move from 'insuring' to 'assuring' health by investing in primary care, the McKinsey report envisions the expansion of healthcare primarily through extensive insurance coverage," Mint reports.
The idea is to increase insurance coverage to 75 percent of the population from 25 percent, the paper said.
In a system that appears to have much in common with America's (failed) one, only the uninsured poor would be covered by government-run insurance programs.
On the plus side, the report recommends boosting total spending on health to 5.5 percent of GDP.