Delhi has a high burden of patients not only from the capital but also from states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan
The health manifestos of the three leading parties in Delhi’s assembly election are a clear reflection of their ideological bent.
AamAadmi Party (AAP),widely recognised as the party for change and for backing arguments with research and figures, promises to radically change the public health system. Citing the model of Devi Shetty'sNarayana Health of Bangalore, it claims that it will build infrastructure at low cost. Furthermore, the party has promised extensive use of technology for providing better services in hospitals. Catering to the health personnel, its manifesto promises to create permanent posts for them and fill existing vacancies.
Meanwhile, the manifesto of the BharatiyaJanata Party talks of infrastructure development and insurance for all, but without precise details. Keeping in line with its emphasis on traditional Indian system, its focus is promoting Ayurveda and related fields. Interestingly, it also says that government doctors will be encouraged to run their private practice in government hospitals.
Congress, known to have brought widespread privatisation to the country, proposes to develop infrastructure in partnership with private sector. It talks of specified services for children as well as elderly.
|Highlights from the manifestos
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