Has India’s healthcare system failed after the Covid-19 pandemic?
“There is no better time than now to invest in the health system. Today, as the world sees a future of potentially recurring infections, state leaders will need to make building a priority a priority. knowledge systems and investments in human capital and critical infrastructure, and put in place robust review mechanisms. This will need consensus across the board to act,” said Dr. Samir Saran, ORF President, wrote in the report.
India’s healthcare delivery system has historically suffered from irregular regulations, poor oversight and modest budget allocations.
The report highlights how during the pandemic, some states and Union Territories (UTs) have been more successful than others in streamlining resources rapidly to fight Covid.
“The key is to adapt their health system to the needs of the people,” says Saran.
The report shows that in the area of institutional support for the health sector, Meghalaya has done very well, and Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and even small states like Tripura, Goa and Mizoram have done relatively well. Jammu & Kashmir leads among UTs.
In terms of managing Covid-related health outcomes, Himachal Pradesh, among the large and small states like Goa and Tripura, has done better than others. Among the UTs, the Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands showed remarkable results, even outperforming all states.
Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh (among the larger states) and Goa (among the smaller states) have the best records in their overall health records, and among the UTs, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu are leaders.
In terms of health infrastructure, smaller states like Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram have the best residential-grade services as do larger states like Kerala and Maharashtra. Among the UTs, Lakshadweep is the most equipped.
Goa, among the small states and Tamil Nadu and Kerala, among the large states met the most criteria in terms of technology infrastructure. Delhi leads among UTs.
The report calls for better data infrastructures to drive policy and a stronger push for Universal Health Coverage to “fill the gaps in the country’s health system”.
It indicates that only states and UTs with higher per capita incomes are significantly more resilient to a potential new pandemic wave or any other health crisis of similar magnitude. compared to poorer regions.
Calling the Covid vaccination strategy a “remarkable” achievement, the report advises policymakers to “learn from the past three waves and increase investment in health and develop sound strategies.” for expected future waves”.