India’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme Getting Applause from American Think-tank

India’s health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat, is a prominent step towards universal healthcare coverage, but the government should make sure that it is sustainable and offers the high-quality care that Indians demand, a top American think-tank said.

“Modicare has put healthcare within reach for hundreds of millions, significantly increasing the number of people who have government-funded health insurance and far exceeding the initial estimates.” Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer at Centre for Global Development (CGD) and one of the authors of the study, remarked.

“We found that more than 500 million people are now eligible for coverage by Modicare or state-funded expansions of the programme. That’s an impressive number, but there’s still lots of work to do to bring down costs and bring up quality,” Glassman said before the release of the report.

Furthermore, the researchers clarified that improving and embracing the access to primary care and connecting it with the hospitalisation plan, rather than only offering hospitalisation, would go a long way towards promoting better health.

“In a country of almost 1.4 billion people that is home to one-third of global maternal deaths, where public spending for health accounts for roughly one percent of GDP and where 60 million people fall into poverty every year because of healthcare bills, fixing healthcare is a daunting task that will determine the world’s performance against the Sustainable Development Goals over the coming decade.” said the report.