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The most recent National Health Account data on India’s healthcare sector

The National Health Account Estimates 2019-20 study shows an increase in government spending while decreasing out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.

Estimates for the National Health Account (NHA)

  • The National Health Systems Resource Centre’s (NHSRC) seventh consecutive report is the NHA forecasts for India 2019-20.
  • The Union Health Ministry designated NHSRC as the National Health Accounts Technical Secretariat (NHATS) in 2014.
  • The NHA estimates are based on an accounting system based on the WHO’s internationally recognised System of Health Accounts, 2011.
  • From 2013-14 to 2019-20, India now has a continuous set of NHA projections, making the forecasts comparable internationally.
  • The estimates allow policymakers to track progress in the country’s various health financing variables.

Key issues

  • Activists are unhappy about the government’s modest increase in spending.
  • Global laggard: This growth in government health spending as a proportion of GDP includes capital spending, putting India 164th out of 184 nations in terms of government health spending.
  • There will be no proportional increase: Total health spending as a percentage of GDP has been decreasing, falling from 3.9% in 2015 to 3.3% in 2020, reflecting a decrease in healthcare consumption.

@the end

  • Overall, the research indicates that government spending on healthcare has increased while out-of-pocket spending has decreased.
  • There is a need to invest in public health and insurance, as well as increasing state contributions to healthcare.
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