NAC for increase in state spending on health

New Delhi: The National Advisory Council (NAC) on Friday recommended sustained increase in state spending on health and setting up of an over arching regulator to ensure that quality healthcare is provided by public and private entities.
The NAC, at a meeting chaired by Sonia Gandhi, also suggested greater focus on urban health with decentralised planning by the urban local bodies and promotion of community action for better outreach and health information and education.
"The key recommendations include sustained increases in public spending of health, greater flexibility in spending on health to State Governments and setting up of Incentive Fund by the central government to encourage States," a NAC release said.
It said the Centre and the Planning Commission should encourage states to examine various options and pilot urban health centre models that are closely monitored and evaluated for effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
The NAC also recommended creating enabling environment for protection and promotion of rights of particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG).
It also suggested evolving strategies for sustainable livelihoods and education status, improved service delivery mechanism for such groups with a single window approach.
"The recommendations advocate for a participatory approach to development for PVTG's and developing vulnerability index of each PVTGs in addition to a separate Census for their effective enumeration," the release said.