While working on McKinsey's 'From Poverty to Empowerment' Report, we calculated that nearly 40% of the 'empowerment gap' is accounted for by healthcare, drinking water and sanitation. India's health indicators are often comparable to those in much - poorer Sub - Saharan Africa, even while neighbours are making rapid strides. During my travels in the hinterlands of East India, I cam across many primary healthcare centers that were well - built but deserted. Healthcare is a therefore a dark spot in the Indian growth story.
I am currently conducting research into the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). The RSBY was launched by the Government of India in 2008 with the aim of protecting BPL households from financial shocks and improving access to quality healthcare. My research aims to study the impact of RSBY on enrolled households and, in particular, on their health expenditure, health-related behaviour and health outcomes.
Jaitley is carrying forward a deeply - flawed health insurance program
The Wire, 4 March 2016
Article in The Wire on the need for open data and evidence - based policy making. I argue that the expansion of the RSBY announced in the Budget 2016 was devoid of any rigorous impact evaluation.