Unregulated and unaccountable: how the private health care sector in India is putting women’s lives at risk

Unregulated and unaccountable: how the private health care sector in India is putting women’s lives at risk

This Oxfam briefing reveals that decades of appallingly low investment in the public health sector has left India with a health system, which is unable to meet the needs of its citizens. Despite recent efforts to strengthen the public health system, India has one of the lowest levels of government investment in health in the world. The gap left by the public health system, combined with a government policy of proactively promoting the private sector, has led to the proliferation of unregulated private health providers. Oxfam urges India to prioritise strengthening and scaling-up of a universal public health care system, designed to improve accountability and promote community participation in planning and monitoring health services. The brief recommends that the regulation of private providers must be properly enforced, and further promotion and funding of public-private partnerships must cease until quality and equity performance standards have improved.

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