Lancet Citizens’ Commission for Universal Health Coverage
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health
- Recently, the Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System has been launched online which is a step towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in India.
- It is a first-of-its-kind participatory, countrywide initiative, in collaboration with world’s leading health journal The Lancet and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University.
- Objective: To enable participatory public engagement to develop a citizens’ blueprint for the implementation of UHC.
- Mission: (1) To lay out the path to achieving UHC in India in the coming decade; (2) To formulate a roadmap for realising a resilient health system that offers accessible, inclusive, and affordable quality health care to all citizens in India; (3) To gather insights from across India through grassroots surveys, public consultations and online discussions; (4) To build partnerships and work closely with academic institutions, civil society and other stakeholders to catalyse dialogue and knowledge sharing across fields.
- It will be on the architecture of India’s health system.
- Principles: (1) UHC covers all health concerns; (2) Prevention and long-term care are key; (3) The concern is financial protection for all health costs; (4) Aspiring for a health system that can be accessed by all who enjoy the same quality.