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India Moves To Allow More Private Health Care Insurance

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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India's health system is moving slowly in the direction of including more private industry in providing health insurance for the nation of more than 1.1 billion people. That trend is most evident in allowing private insurers to underwrite health plans that cover the disadvantaged, with the government paying part or all of the premiums. Various government ministries are testing other plans as the government moves into allowing private insurance coverage, eventually leaving much of the nation's health care to the private sector. But even the private sector is not expected to be able to do much to improve the nation's record on health spending, now among the world's lowest at 1.1 percent of gross domestic product. (Click here for more

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