The Rise of the India's Private Health Care Sector, 1981-2006.

Richard Iles (2010). The Rise of the India's Private Health Care Sector, 1981-2006. Master's Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Richard Iles
Thesis Title The Rise of the India's Private Health Care Sector, 1981-2006.
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Mohammad Alauddin
Total pages 98
Language eng
Subjects 140208 Health Economics
14 Economics
Formatted abstract
The rapid growth of lndia's private health care sector during the period 1981-2006 highlights India's progress towards economic liberalisation, well before the 1991 structural adjustment. Identifying the main causes of the growth of lndia's private health care sector provides an important insight into future trends of the sector as India continues to develop and adjust to changing epidemiological and demographic profiles over the coming decades. India's political economy, with the prominent role of interest groups, played an important role in promoting the growth of the private health care sector in an economy that was characterised by strong central government regulation and control. Economic reforms commenced in the 1980s had a positive impact on the private health care sector, while pushing GDP growth above the long term average of approximately 3 per cent per annum. This project justifies the use of a competitive economic framework to analyse India's private health care sector. The project argues that the private health care sector grew in India in response to the inability of the public sector to adequately meet health care demand and low levels of regulation. Insufficient funding and management problems in the public health care sector were leading causes to the restricted the capacity of the public health care sector. Additionally, the presence of minimal quality and price regulations of the private sector provided it with sufficient flexibility to grow to satisfy heterogeneous demand for health care. The lack of management of lndia's growing health care sector during the period 1981 -2006 resulted in a high financial burden to the poor in accessing health care. The project suggests that reducing the out-of-pocket expenses of the poor would assist India's continued economic development.
Keyword Health care
Private Health Sector
Health Economics

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