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INDIAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH STUDIES - Volume 1 Issue 1, July 2019

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An Overview of Health Policy in India

Author: I. Ramabrahmam, Ramya Chitrapu

Category: Health Studies


The nation-states across the world endeavor to maintain health of their citizens for better development. The last few decades witnessed decolonization process, making many countries independent. The political parties that came to power in these newly formed countries announced their commitment to social sectors goals especially in achieving “Education for all” and “Health for all”, which as yet appears to be a mirage. India made appreciable progress in industry, self-sufficiency in agriculture, and evolving policies on safety nets. However, it seems to have a long way to go in the health sector. This article attempts to analyze the major health policies in India. It also focuses on the status of health policies and the new challenges in the wake of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an international policy agenda.

Keywords: Bhore Committee, comprehensive policy, health policy, incrementalism, National Health Policy, Sustainable Development Goals

DOI: 10.56490/IJHS.2019.1103