The Cost of Universal Health Care in
Shankar Prinja1, Pankaj Bahuguna1, Andrew D. Pinto2,3, Atul Sharma1, Gursimer Bharaj1, Vishal Kumar1,
Jaya Prasad Tripathy1, Manmeet Kaur1, Rajesh Kumar1*
1 School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,
Hospital, Toronto, Canada, 3 Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada
PLoS ONE 7(1) January 27, 2012
Editor: Pieter H. M. van Baal, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Available online at: http://bit.ly/w2PvH6
“…….As high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses pose heavy financial burden on the families, Government of India is considering a variety of financing and delivery options to universalize health care services. Hence, an estimate of the cost of delivering universal health care services is needed.
We developed a model to estimate recurrent and annual costs for providing health services through a mix of public and private providers in
The unit cost of treatment was estimated from the published literature. For diseases where data on treatment cost was not available, we collected data on standard treatment protocols and cost of care from local health providers.
We estimate that the cost of universal health care delivery through the existing mix of public and private health institutions would be INR 1713 (USD 38, 95%CI USD 18–73) per person per annum in India. This cost would be 24% higher, if branded drugs are used. Extrapolation of these costs to entire country indicates that Indian government needs to spend 3.8% (2.1%–6.8%) of the GDP for universalizing health care services.
The cost of universal health care delivered through a combination of public and private providers is estimated to be INR 1713 per capita per year in
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