NITI Aayog releases report on ‘not-for-profit’ hospital model in India
NITI Aayog on Tuesday released a comprehensive study on the ‘not-for-profit’ hospital model in the country, in a step towards closing the information gap on such institutions facilitating robust policymaking in this area.
The not-for-profit hospital sector provides not only curative but also preventive healthcare. It links healthcare with social reform, community engagement, education. It uses government resources grants to provide cost-effective healthcare to people without being concerned about profits. However, over the years, this sector has remained understudied.
The study provides insights into the operation model of not-for-profit hospitals. It presents research-based findings on such hospitals — categorized under ownership premise of service — makes subsequent comparisons with private hospitals health schemes of the Union government.
It discusses in detail the cost-containment strategies implemented by not-for-profit hospitals seeks to understthe challenges that burden the operations of these institutions hinder their growth.
The report proposes short long term policy interventions such as developing criteria to identify these hospitals, ranking them through a performance index, promoting top hospitals for practising philanthropy, among others. It also highlights the need to use the expertise of these hospitals in managing human resources with limited finance in remote areas.
“There has been relatively low investment in the expansion of the health sector in the private domain. The stimulus announced yesterday provides us an opportunity to change this situation. The report on the not-for-profit sector is a small step in that direction,” said Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog while releasing the report in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, Additional Secretary Dr Rakesh Sarwal, representatives of hospitals across the country who participated in the study.
NITI Aayog has been extensively studying the private sector healthcare delivery landscape in the country. While there exists adequate information on for-profit healthcare providers institutions, there is a dearth of reliable structured information on their not-for-profit counterparts, known for their tireless service in making quality healthcare accessible affordable to everyone.
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