Government think tank NITI Aayog has identified a few focus areas on future health systems which includes delivering on unfinished public health agenda, empowering citizens to become better buyers of health services, and harnessing the power of digital healthcare.
NITI Aayog, which released its report ‘Health Systems for a New India: Building Blocks—Potential Pathways to Reforms" on Monday in the presence of Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, also recommended a change in health financing and integrating health services delivery.
Over the last few years, India has made attempts to provide seamless access to high-quality and affordable healthcare for the vulnerable population of the country, but many indicators continue to show significant scope for improvement, the report said.
The report focuses on breaking silos in the health space and removing fragmentation between various initiatives, ensuring greater convergence between ministries as well as the Centre and states, as initiated under Ayushman Bharat.
“At a systems level, overcoming the challenges of fragmentation, across healthcare financing and service delivery, will help us optimize both quality and access. India now needs to build on its many opportunities to achieve further progress on the health of its citizens and respond to the growing aspirations and needs of a new India,’ said Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman, NITI Aayog.
Appreciating the significant improvements made in India's healthcare, Gates said the government needs to involve private sector to meet key challenges.
The NITI Aayog had in June published its health index rankings mapping the state of healthcare across India. While Kerala was ranked the best, Uttar Pradesh was rated as the worst as per the parameters.