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Govt needs to invest more in health care

Coronavirus, hospital, medical, infra, health, patient
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There is a view that since people have postponed planned surgeries and other not-so-essential visits, hospitals are incurring losses. To compensate for that, some hospitals are overcharging for Covid treatment

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The National Digital Health Mission, launched on Independence Day, is a step in the right direction because a medical ID and digitisation of medical records pave the way for improving access to health care for a large number of citizens. However, such initiatives would have the desired impact only when the issues in the sector are addressed. In terms of policy, there is a marked divergence in approaches to the national medical insurance programme and the government’s response to Covid-19. The first focuses on creating demand for medical services by offering free insurance, at a time when the capacity is

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First Published: Aug 18 2020 | 10:07 PM IST

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