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Quality of Care and the Bypassing of Primary Health Centers in India-Implications for Ayushman Bharat
October 10, 2019

NCAER India Centre, T1-102

Krishna Dipankar Rao
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 

NCAER is organizing a seminar on the “Quality of Care and the Bypassing of Primary Health Centers in India–Implications for Ayushman Bharat” by Krishna Dipankar Rao of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Shailender Swaminathan, Principal Economist, Leveraging Evidence for Access and Development (LEAD) KREA University will be the discussant. 

 

Countries with health systems built on a strong primary care platform have demonstrated improvements in expanding coverage of essential healthcare services, and improving population health. Many low-and middle-income countries like India have invested substantial resources to strengthen facility-based and community-based primary health care services as a way of providing affordable, basic curative and preventive services. Yet, in India, patients often bypass the nearest government health center offering free or subsidized services and seek more expensive care elsewhere. 

 

This seminar discusses the motivations and factors behind this behavior, in particular, the role of quality of care (clinical and structural) and its implications for new efforts to strengthen primary care through the recently launched Ayushman Bharat initiative.

 

Krishna Dipankar Rao who will be leading the seminar, is an Associate Professor in the Health Systems Program, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University.  He is also Research Advisor, National Health Systems Resource Center, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. His research interests include the areas of health systems, primary health care, human resources for health, health financing, and economic evaluation. He teaches two graduate courses at Johns Hopkins– economic evaluation, and health financing in low and 

 

For queries, please contact Ms Sudesh Bala at sbala@ncaer.org or on 91-6120 2722