Scaling Up Primary Health Services in Rural Tamil Nadu: Public Investment Requirements and Health Sector Reform

Bajpai, Nirupam; Dholakia, Ravindra H.; Sachs, Jeffrey D.

We attempt to address two key questions in this paper: 1) In terms of state-wide scaling up of rural services in the area of primary health, what will it cost financially and in terms of human resources to scale-up these services in all the rural areas of the state? And 2) what policy, institutional and governance reforms may be necessary so as to ensure proper service delivery? As is well known, merely setting up more health clinics, for instance, is not going to be enough; higher public investments in these areas needs to be accompanied by systemic reforms that will help overhaul the present service delivery system, including issues of control and oversight, for example.

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Academic Units
Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development
Earth Institute
The Earth Institute at Columbia University
CGSD Working Paper, 36
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September 28, 2009