India proposes free primary care to help achieve universal healthcare coverage

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7347
  1. Meera Kay
  1. 1Bangalore

The Indian government has proposed an end to charging patients who use government hospitals for primary care services, such as investigative tests, in a move towards achieving universal healthcare coverage.

The revised draft of the health chapter of India’s 12th five year plan (for 2012-17) says that “no fee of any kind would be levied on primary healthcare services with the prime source of financing being from general taxation/public exchequer.”

General practice is a dying specialty in India, and those doctors who do work in the …

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