Chennai | Jan 22, 2011
Increasing public financing for health care, allotting 70 per cent of funds for primary health care and regulating drug prices are the key factors that would go towards providing universal health coverage in India, K. Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India has said. Tax funds must be the principal source of health funding, with insurance and employer contributions being minor funding sources, Prof. Reddy said. While India's per capita health spend is about $100, the public contribution is only about $19. Much of it is out of pocket expenditure for the patient, he said delivering the 2011 Guhan Memorial Lecture, organised by the Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG).
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