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Supply constraints in human resources for health may limit progress towards universal health coverage in India: an exploratory study

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S. Zodpey ,

Indian Institute of Public Health- Delhi, IN
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Director-Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi
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H. Hasan

Indian Institute of Public Health- Delhi, IN
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Associate Professor
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Abstract

Introduction: Some of the challenges that India faces to achieve universal health coverage include an imbalance in resource allocation, high out-of-pocket health expenditures, inflation in health spending, inadequate physical access to quality health services and lack of human resources. Among these, lack of skilled human resources is probably the most worrisome because it has led to a situation where the interventions that have proven benefits are also not universally available.

 

Objective: This article attempts to provide a brief overview on production of human resources for health (HRH) in India, their geographical imbalances, and its implications on achieving universal health coverage.

 

Methods: We estimated the annual production of each category of HRH as the function of total number of recognized institutions and number of students graduating from these institutions. The information regarding number of recognized institutions and number of seats in those institutions was collected from the respective council (Medical Council of India, Indian Nursing Council, Pharmacy Council of India and others).

 

Results: Taking into account HRH requirements for a normative India district, our production estimates suggest that progress towards universal health coverage would be an uphill task, given existing shortages and iniquitous distribution of production and recruitment.

 

Conclusion: We recommend that the national government should develop a comprehensive national health policy of human resources for health and ensure financing for health workforce development.
How to Cite: Zodpey, S. and Hasan, H., 2015. Supply constraints in human resources for health may limit progress towards universal health coverage in India: an exploratory study. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 9(2), pp.68–71. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v9i2.88
Published on 28 Dec 2015.
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