Health Affairs: The Quality Of Health Care In India

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Indian Health News J E 4


BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The October issue of Health Affairs includes eight articles about the quality of health care in India.  One study looks at an innovative cataract surgery program, in a country where cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness.  Hong-Gam Le of the University of Michigan Medical School and coauthors evaluated the Aravind Eye Care System, a network of eleven specialty eye hospitals in southern India. The authors analyzed a sample of the 10,954 patients visiting the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai during July 2013 and found that total costs per operation were, on average, only US $120, or $195 per quality-adjusted life-year gained. Factors contributing to the highly cost-effective care include domestic manufacturing of supplies, a specialized workforce, standardized protocols (including operating rooms with multiple operating tables), and few regulatory hurdles. These lessons are further detailed in the People & Places report, "Lessons From Low-Cost, High-Quality Eye Care," authored by Margaret Saunders, Health Affairs's deputy editor for global health. 

Also of interest:"Quality Of Health Care In India:  Challenges, Priorities, And The Road Ahead," by Maroj Mohanan of Duke University and coauthors.

"DataWatch:  Trends In State-Level Child Mortality, Maternal Mortality, And Fertility Rates In India," by Vidit Munshi of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and coauthors.

"Socioeconomic Status And Quality Of Care In Rural India:  New Evidence From Provider And Household Surveys," by Jishnu Das of the World Bank and Aakash Mohpal of the University of Michigan.

"Ambulance Service Associated With Reduced Probabilities Of Neonatal And Infant Mortality In Two Indian States," by Kimberly Babiarz of Stanford University and coauthors.

"India's Largest Hospital Insurance Program Faces Challenges In Using Claims Data To Measure Quality," by Matthew Morton of World Bank India and coauthors.

"Effect Of A Large-Scale Social Franchising And Telemedicine Program On Childhood Diarrhea And Pneumonia Outcomes In India," by Maroj Mohanan of Duke University and coauthors.

Health Affairs is the leading journal at the intersection of health, health care, and policy. Published by Project HOPE, the peer-reviewed journal appears each month in print, with additional Web First articles and health policy briefs published regularly at You can also find the journal on Facebook and Twitter. Read daily perspectives on Health Affairs Blog.

Contact:Camille Ahearn  +1 202-868-4827



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