Health reforms, equity and access to health care in selected states of India


Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:00
The Committee Room, Wolfson College


Dr Kate Sullivan


Dr Kasturi Sen (Wolfson CRM and member of SARC)

South Asia Work in Progress (SAWIP), Roundtable for Scholars of South Asia, presents:

Health reforms, equity and access to health care in selected states of India: Findings of empirical research into health financing measures in India (1991-2008)


In India, the role of the state has been essential to public health and disease eradication programmes. Evidence from the past three decades shows that this function altered radically in the face of multiple political and economic pressures including donor-driven structural adjustment, disinvestment in public services and widespread commercialisation that has led to fundamental changes in the financing of health care. These have been explored in a major population based study using mixed methods and covering both public and private sectors providers in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu  and Andhra Pradesh state (now Telengana and Hyderabad). The findings of the study are set in the current policy context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) particularly in relation to the financing of health care and its consequences for access to public health care among large sections of the population.

Dr Kasturi Sen is a social and political scientist with more than 15 years of experience of research and teaching on the political economy of health and development. She has taught at London, Oxford and Cambridge universities and more recently at ITM, Antwerp, Belgium on health systems and policy, ageing, demographic change and mixed methods in international health research. Dr Sen has been involved in primary research in South Asia and the Middle-East on the impact of health reforms on equity and access to health care in low and middle-income countries, and also on the health effects of conflict.


Please join us after the talk for a discussion over wine.


South Asia Work in Progress (SAWIP) is an interdisciplinary forum for scholars of South Asia to present their ‘works in progress’ in a small-group setting. It forms part of the activities of Wolfson’s South Asia Research Cluster and is convened in partnership with the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme. SAWIP offers a friendly verbal peer-review environment for the presentation and discussion of journal articles, book proposals, research projects and any other kind of research undertaking, at all stages of production from ‘sketchy’ to ‘close to press’. It aims to unite scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and provides a space to explore both the craft of research and ways of approaching scholarship on South Asia.

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