India faces a daunting task in providing adequate healthcare for its 1.4 billion people. While it can boast world-class hospitals and skilled medical staff, there remain stark disparities in healthcare access and quality, particularly in rural areas. Meanwhile, as India’s public healthcare system is criticized as antiquated and inefficient, the rapid growth of private providers has left millions unable to afford care and millions more financially ruined by medical bills. So, how are India’s national and state governments working to make quality healthcare affordable for the masses a reality? And how do they juggle the mix of private and public providers to ensure access across all strata of society? Healthcare policy expert A/Professor Azad Bali and economist Professor Raghbendra Jha join host Ali Moore to examine India’s complex healthcare landscape.
Main image (L-R): A/Professor Azad Bali and economist Professor Raghbendra Jha. Listing image: Indians lined up at a primary healthcare centre. Credit: iwishmynamewasmarsha/Flickr.