The 2017 national health policy document continues to be an extension of the previous two such policies (1983 and 2002)
Coming after 15 years of the last such policy document, the National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 had raised many expectations. Given that this is the Narendra Modi government’s first such policy statement on health, many experts also hoped that it would announce a radical shift in the government’s approach towards healthcare. However, no such radical shift came about, and in many ways NHP 2017 continues to be an extension of the previous two such policies (1983 and 2002). NHP 2002 also spoke about “enhanced healthcare spending" and “restructuring of the national public health initiatives" to achieve more “equitable access" to healthcare. It is interesting to note that the stress in the 2017 document continues to be on these very aspects. In fact, NHP 2017 also dropped the proposal of making health a fundamental right.