ACCESS Health and the Indian School of Business are working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design and to assist the development of a transformative primary care program. India faces major shortfalls in access to adequate primary care. These shortfalls result in restricted access to high quality health services for much of the rural population, high hospitalization rates, burdensome out of pocket payments, and poor health outcomes. The aim of the program is to improve access to and the quality of primary care services by strengthening systems for accountability. The work is now in the design phase.
ACCESS Health is defining approaches to care, delivery, governance, cost, and community engagement. We are conducting field assessments in Uttar Pradesh to understand how people seek medical help now and the ability of public and private healthcare providers to deliver primary care.
This program builds on a research study that ACCESS Health completed for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013. ACCESS Health reviewed the literature on primary care in India. We also interviewed people working in fifteen primary health care delivery organizations. ACCESS Health has also studied primary care reforms in other countries to draw lessons for what might work well in India.
The Primary Care Pilot Program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Our partner for the program is the Indian School of Business.