These are exciting times for health care reform in India. In November 2011, the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) – appointed by the Prime Minister and headed by Dr. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) –submitted its final report on universal health coverage to the National Planning Commission. The report called for an increase in health spending from 1.2% of GDP to 2.5% of GDP by 2022, to ensure that every citizen has access to a broad health benefits package.
Results for Development Institute Managing Director Robert Hecht recently sat down with Dr. Reddy to discuss the HLEG report and its potential impact on India’s health system.
Hecht: What was the motivation for the HLEG report?