The Indian Government’s draft national health policy, which many experts view as a step away from universal health coverage, is out for public consultation. Dinesh C Sharma reports.The much-awaited health policy of India’s right-wing Government, which took office in May, 2014, proposes “health assurance” for all, but has raised fears about the greater role it envisions for the private sector in achieving this goal. The goal of the draft National Health Policy (NHP) unveiled last month is to attain “the highest possible level of good health and wellbeing through preventive and promotive health care orientation in all developmental policies, and universal access to good quality health-care services without anyone having to face financial hardship as a consequence”.

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