India's New National Health Policy is Ambitious on Paper But Lacks Clarity
The policy has proposed institutional reform, and steps to improve and upgrade the quality of services. But there is no correlation between the ambition targets and the public investment proposed.
The sharp budget cuts and policy neglect witnessed over the past five years have further compounded the problem. It is in this backdrop of a universally felt dissatisfaction that the new National Health Policy (NHP) has recently been released, evoking a level of interest that corresponds with the level of people’s frustrations with the broken health system.