Advantages And Disadvantages Of Universal Health Coverage In India

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Abstract Universal health coverage (UHC) as conceptualized today attempts to provide promotive, preventive, diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative health services without financial hardships. It aims to develop a health care system, which is capable of providing equitable distribution of health resources. The global aspiration to achieve UHC is evident and even countries having gross domestic product (GDP) less than that of India have embarked upon and adopted the concept. This paper further reinforces the need of Universal health coverage in India. The article is a review paper based on the articles reviewed and retrieved from various databases such as Med Line, Pub Med and Google scholar. According to the health data of India, India should implement UHC at the earliest to provide equity in health without much out of the pocket expenditures on the people of India. With the help of High Level Expert Group (HLEG), India must find out a way for providing appropriate, affordable and accessible health care to its population despite mammoth challenges at ground level. Key words: Universal health coverage, India, HLEG, Challenges Introduction Universal health coverage (UHC) is defined as access to key promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health interventions for all at an affordable cost, thereby achieving equity in access. Universal coverage is consistent with WHO’s concepts of health for all and primary health care. Universal health coverage, sometimes referred

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