Health Insurance in India: Shankar Prinja on the CGD Podcast

March 14, 2022

As communities and countries alike continue to weather the effects of the pandemic, the goal of universal health coverage has become increasingly critical yet increasingly challenging.

So on this episode of the CGD podcast, I invited Dr. Shankar Prinja to join me to discuss one of the largest publicly-funded health insurance programs in the world: India's Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). The program aims to provide free access to secondary and tertiary healthcare for low-income families.

My guest has both academic and political experience to offer; Dr. Shankar Prinja is the executive director of the Health Policy and Quality Assurance division at the Indian National Health Authority, as well as a professor at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India.  

Together we discuss the structure and benefits of PMJAY, the challenges of large-scale programs, and the need for researchers and policymakers to work together to produce and make use of evidence on what works.


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