India’s Health Under Modi: Agenda for the Next Two Years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in May 2014 promising changes in a number of areas, including healthcare. India’s major indicators in healthcare are trending in an encouraging direction. There has been a steady decline in deaths due to malaria, maternal and under five mortality, and child stunting. In its first two years in power, the Modi administration has taken some significant steps in the healthcare sector, though India remains far from Modi’s ambitious goals.

India still has a long way to go as, according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), India’s life expectancy of 66, while improving significantly, still ranks 14 years lower than the OECD average of 80.2.

India needs to reach its healthcare goals quicker with increased foreign investment; not by relying purely on governmental resources. New Delhi needs to think about incentivizing investment in the pharmaceutical industry, and in research and development. These changes can only take place with reduced regulations and less government overreach.

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