2nd Edition

Economics of Public and Private Healthcare and Health Insurance in India

By Brijesh C. Purohit Copyright 2024
    218 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    218 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book critically examines the public and private healthcare systems in India. Analysing the current scenario of health insurance in India, it studies the inadequacy of public healthcare services and unaffordability of private health care facilities. The volume investigates government sponsored health insurance schemes and advocates for the need of universal health insurance coverage. It details India’s per capita health expenditure and provides policy inputs on how healthcare systems and insurance coverage can be improved in the country. Further, it explores the financial parameters of health insurers and standalone private health insurance companies, and also discusses the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Indian healthcare.

    An insightful read on the state of healthcare in India, this book will be of interest to researchers and academics working in the fields of insurance, healthcare administration and management, public health policy and practice, health and social care, medical sociology, and sociology & social policy. It will also be useful for think tanks and policy makers.

    1. Introduction

    2. All India Scenario of Health Facility Utilisation

    3. Sustainable Development Goals and Health Insurance in India

    4. Ayusman Bharat (MODI Care) and Other Government Sponsored Health Insurance in India

    5. Role of Public and Private Sectors in Health Insurance

    6. Demand for Health Insurance in India

    7. Conclusions and Policy Imperatives

    8. Role of Health Insurance in Post- pandemic time


    Brijesh C. Purohit is Professor at Madras School of Economics (MSE), Chennai, India. Prior to joining the MSE in 2008, he served at various academic Institutes in India which include Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad; Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur; Indian Institute of Health Management and Research, Jaipur; National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi; and Central University of Rajasthan. His career, spanning over more than 30 years, includes research, teaching, training, and consultancy. He was also South Asian Vising Scholar at Queen Elizabeth college, Department of Development Studies, University of Oxford, UK. He holds a PhD in economics from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India.