Quality of care is particularly relevant in the context of LMICs such as India, where the health system is highly privatized, and characterised by high out of pocket expenditure, with enormous challenges of regulation and quality of care. It is a system which continues to face challenges of health financing, infrastructure, and human resources among others. India is a country with a wide disparity in socio economic status, so delivering high quality care, for around a population of around 1.3 billion, is itself a dauting task. But as per my view various regulations/guidelines like capping of prices by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, Indian public health standards, Accreditation play a vital role in delivering quality of care.
HIFA profile: Manu Gupta is an Independent consultant in India. He is a HIFA catalyst for the WHO-HIFA project on Learning for Quality Health Services. https://www.hifa.org/projects/learning-quality-health-services manugupta08 AT gmail.com