Will doubling spend solve India's healthcare problems?

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Will doubling spend solve India's healthcare problems?

May 20, 2020 18:18 IST

What is India's spending on public health against the backdrop of rising number of coronavirus cases and the lockdown restrictions that are likely to ease? Is this spend sufficient to meet the vast infrastructure-health challenge that we will see in the coming months? "Right from the Independence, we set up a system of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare, but we missed the concept of public v/s private health," says economist Arvind Virmani. How much does India spend on health? Is our current spending enough? How is our spending compared to other countries? How do we increase this spending? Govindraj Ethiraj interviews Dr. Arvind Virmani, former chief economic advisor to the government of India & chairman, Foundation for Economic Growth and Welfare.