India needs to invest more in public healthcare and build a robust health delivery system in all aspects, including infrastructure and human resources, with special focus on rural areas, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
“We know that nations need a healthy population to prosper. Stepping up investment in public healthcare is pivotal to sustaining India’s economic growth. Investing in health is investing in India’s growth story,” Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India, said. “We, therefore, need to and swiftly advance and accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage(UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals, especially the health goal,” he suggested. According to Bekedam, though India has made enormous progress in the healthcare sector in recent past, still “60 million people are in poverty through paying healthcare bills, mainly because of the country’s low investment in health, inadequate financial protection and high out-of-pocket expenditure”.\