Criticality of Public Budgets for Universal Healthcare Access
Conference Room, Centre For Policy Reseach, Dharam Marg, Chanakypuri
Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research invites you to a talk by
Mr. Ravi Duggal, International Budget Partnership
‘Criticality of Public Budgets for Universal Healthcare Access’
Date: 7th November, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
Venue: Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
Mr. Ravi Duggal is a Sociologist, trained at the University of Bombay, who has been involved in health services research, advocacy and training, especially related to health economics, health systems, health policy, budgets, decentralization/governance, human rights, right to healthcare and reproductive health for now over three decades. Presently he works with the International Budget Partnership. Prior to this he supported the Action Aid International partners in a multi-country initiative in South and South-east Asian countries on governance, economic literacy and budgets and the IDRC on health, equity and governance research in South Asia. Until 2005 he was the Coordinator of CEHAT, an institution he founded along with other health activists and researchers.
Prior to CEHAT he had worked as the Country Representative of SWISSAID for six years supporting initiatives of peoples’ organisations and grassroots NGOs in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Bihar and Rajasthan working on livelihood, natural resource management and protection, and development issues. He has over 20 books/reports and over 180 research papers and articles published as of now. His Alma Mater is St. Mary’s (ISC), Mazgaon, Mumbai and St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
This talk will be about health and healthcare as a social or public good and the importance of public financing in moving towards universal healthcare access. Mr. Duggal will briefly talk about the current healthcare scenario,its deficiencies & gaps and how a universal access approach will help in dealing with them as well as budgetary requirements for UHC. This will be illustrated using Thailand's example of how the universal access approach led to equity and sharp reductions in out of pocket expenses. Initiatives in Maharashtra to advocate for the UHC approach will also be elaborated upon. Please see the attached note for more information.
The AI Seminar Series seeks to promote a discussion on effective mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability in both the public and private sector.