Macro/Finance Group, NIPFP

Financing Common Goods for Health: A Public Administration Perspective from India

Financing Common Goods for Health: A Public Administration Perspective from India, Harleen Kaur, Shubho Roy, Sanhita Sapatnekar and Ajay Shah. Health Systems & Reform, Sept 2019.

Today, India's disease burden is evolving into two streams. The first is the persistent poverty related health agenda (e.g. malnutrition or high infant and maternal mortality). The second relates to growth that does not consider new health risks emerging from it (e.g. air pollution resulting from rapid urbanization or infrastructure built on areas prone to natural disasters). In both areas, the key policy response involves population-based government financed interventions that generate large societal health benefits, i.e., Common Goods for Health (CGH). Moving forward, CGH is therefore at the center of Indian health policy. In this commentary, we draw on India's experience to decompose the overall CGH agenda and identify common obstacles that countries may face in financing such goods.

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