Government Financing of Healthcare in India since 2005:


Accountability Initiative, CPR is delighted to invite you for a session on

Government Financing of Healthcare in India since 2005: Achievements and Challenges
Prof Peter Berman and team, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Friday, 6 October 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research

Government funding for health and primary healthcare in India is clearly insufficient. Low levels of resource mobilisation, however, is only part of the problem when it comes to improving the health outcomes in the country. Poor resource allocation and low budget utilisation exacerbate the inadequacy of financial resources for health. Effective allocation and utilisation is also constrained by public financial management design, operational processes, and governance factors.

In this talk led by Prof Peter Berman, the team from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will present trends in government financing of healthcare in India from 2005 to 2014 across 29 states. The talk is based on findings from an upcoming study on “Government Financing of Healthcare in India since 2005:  What was achieved, what was not and why”. The focus will be on primary care, and the session will explore the substitution effect of central government funding for primary care in richer states along with systemic and capacity constraints that result in low budget utilisation. The study will focus on specific references to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in contrast with states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Kerala where some of the practices show far better budget utilisation.

About the Speakers

Prof Peter Berman, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Prof Peter Berman (M.Sc, Ph.D) is a health economist with more than 40 years of experience in research, policy analysis, training and education in global health. He is currently a Professor of Practice of Global Health Systems and Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he leads several innovative projects on developing primary care systems, strengthening service delivery, health system reform, and improving health care financing mechanisms for better outcomes, with a focus on work in Ethiopia, India, and Malaysia.

Manjiri Bhawalkar, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Manjiri Bhawalkar has nearly 20 years of experience in global health with strong analytical skills and experience in policy research, design and implementation; health system strengthening;  strategic planning; and project management.  Prior to Harvard, she worked at the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Geneva, where she led the value for money component for the Fund. Her present academic interest includes understanding of inter-linkages between macroeconomic, fiscal space and health financing issues.

Rajesh Jha, Offbeat Innovations
Rajesh Jha is a health policy and systems expert with 22 years of experience in South Asian countries.  Having worked across 16 states in India, he has in-depth understanding of the Indian health system, its priorities and challenges, and the systemic issues affecting government’s capacity to respond to health. His areas of interest are public private partnerships, health financing, resource tracking for health, strategic planning, systems strengthening and strengthening service delivery.

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