With India rolling out the one of the largest public health insurance initiatives in the world, it became more important than ever for government, university, and health care leaders to understand key aspects to health economics. Dr. Jitendra Sharma, Advisor on Health and Medical Technology to the Government of Andhara Pradesh invited UWSOP’s CHOICE Institute Director, Anirban Basu, to teach health economics as part of the annual International Fellowship Program on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Vishakhapatnam, India. The five-day workshop is hosted at the Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone campus. The fellowship program aims to provide better understanding of Health Technology Assessment among government officials, health care program managers, innovators, professionals and health care providers.
The fellowship program offers sessions by expert faculty in the subjects of systematic reviews, economic analysis and medical technology evaluations. Anirban teaches the health economics and economic evaluation components and serves as an advising member on the Health Insurance Commission for the Honorable Health Minister, Kamineni Srinivas, and advises the health ministry on state health insurance programs such as Aarogya Raksha, which is one of the few public health insurance targeting people above poverty line in India.
Part of the government’s 2018-19 budget presented last month, India’s new health care plan would offer 100 million families up to roughly $7,800 for coverage per year. Read more about the initiative’s specifics here.
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