At the International ABR Seminar on Universal Health Coverage (Singapore, 28-29 January 2019), Dr Vijayaprasad Gopichandran, Assistant Professor at the ESIC Medical College & Post Graduate Institute in Chennai, will discuss the new Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme in India.
The Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme: towards Universal Health Coverage in India
The Ayushman Bharat (India blessed with a long life) Scheme is a state health insurance programme that will cover about 100 million poor and vulnerable families in India providing up to INR 500,000 per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization services. The beneficiaries of the scheme can avail health care services from both public as well as empanelled private health facilities. The government claims this scheme to be one of the largest state health insurance schemes in the world. We will discuss the specific details of the scheme, its proposed target, impacts, and we will analyse the scheme with an ethical lens with respect to relevance, coverage, health system functioning and effectiveness. We will employ the Public Health Ontario framework for ethical conduct of public health initiatives to analyse this scheme, which aims at providing universal health coverage in India.
Dr Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
is a community physician, public health practitioner and Assistant Professor of Community Medicine at the ESIC Medical College & Post Graduate Institute in Chennai, India. He obtained his PhD in Public Health, working in the area of Public Health Ethics. His areas of interest include social and behavioural epidemiology, public health ethics, clinical ethics and medical education. Vijayaprasad also serves as a Working Editor for the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. He has been a consultant for the World Health Organization on several of their bioethics programmes including the development of ethical guidance for public health surveillance, ethical guidance for implementation research and ethical guidance for vector borne disease control programmes.