Current Projects under Health Policy & Systems Research Program
Project Title: Study on analysing the implementation of COVID-specific rate regulation by Maharashtra state, response of private healthcare providers and performance of MPJAY scheme during COVID-19
Project Period: 2021-2022
Donor Agency: COPASAH-PAI
In the current global context, COVID 19 pandemic has triggered the upsurge in demand for healthcare services. In response to it, several countries are striving to hard to increase their capacity, and turning to the private sector for additional capacity. Towards this, many countries, and especially in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) with prominence of private health sector have requisitioned private providers to provide health services to COVID-19 patients.
Around fifteen states of India have taken regulatory measures and have directed private hospitals for reserving and regulating rates of 20%-80% of beds for COVID patients. In addition, the Supreme court at the national level has directed the government to ensure free COVID 19 tests in approved private laboratories. Maharashtra state has been at forefront to announce regulatory measures including rate capping on 80% of beds in private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment, capping on ambulance charges for COVID-19 patients. However, in response to continued fleecing of patients by private hospitals, taking a step ahead, Maharashtra government also started auditing the bills of private hospitals to prevent in order to prevent further exploitation of patients.
Keeping above in mind, the proposed research seeks to analyse of the public-private sector interaction during COVID-19 in India, including performance of state imposed private sector engagement, regulatory measures and the role of PFHI in dealing with the challenge of COVID 19 epidemic in India. Such an analysis could inform more effective and regulated engagement of private sector towards achieving the UHC. The study will employ plural methods including desk research for secondary data, narrative literature, qualitative interviews and analysis of quantitative data.