School of Health Systems Studies

National Conference on Health Insurance and Universal Health Care (UHC) in India


Date and time: Oct. 13, 2017 10:00AM - Oct. 14, 2017 6:00PM

Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) and School of Health Systems Studies (SHSS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), invites abstracts for its national conference scheduled at the Mumbai campus of TISS.


A key objective of the National Health Policy 2017 is to align the private sector towards public health goals. Its main strategy is to ensure free comprehensive primary care provision by the public sector, supplemented by strategic purchase of secondary care hospitalization and tertiary care services from both public and non-government sector to fill critical gaps. The key mechanism of strategic purchasing is insurance schemes. Thus in the larger context of ensuring Universal Health Coverage, government funded health insurance schemes seek to play a very large role. Services would be strategically purchased from public as well as private sector to improve health outcomes, reduce out of pocket payments and minimize moral hazards for the purpose of scaling up the schemes and made more effective. The policy provides for preferential treatment to collaborating private hospitals/institutes for CGHS empanelment and in proposed strategic purchase by Government. However, we need to ask critical questions such as: What have been the various bottlenecks, successes and failures of the existing national and state level insurance schemes? What are the lessons learnt so far for these to be scaled up? What have been the experiences of the users? What has been the experience of for-profit private health sector? What are the pros and cons for adopting the insurance approach to realise the goal of Universal Health Care? What are the crucial gaps that need to be addressed for health systems strengthening for UHC and how?

Themes for the conference:

  1. Critically evaluate the role of government funded health insurance schemes. What has been the experience of the public and private sectors vis-a-vis the insurance schemes?
  2. Evidence based learning from the various National level and State level insurance schemes and their role in improving health outcomes, health equity, reducing out of pocket payments and moral hazards to improve scalability and efficiency.
  3. Role of State in Health Systems Strengthening for UHC: Infrastructure, human resource, regulations, standardization, quality assurance, etc.

Abstracts on the above themes can be sent by research scholars, academicians, independent researchers and practitioners engaged in research on health insurance and allied fields of public health in India through e-mail at All abstracts received will be reviewed by a joint Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of CEHAT and TISS. Shortlisted abstracts will be sent comments by the TAC, with a request to review for presentation in the conference. A report of the proceedings will be published. All costs of travel and accommodation have to be borne by the participants. An anthology is also under consideration for those papers which will be presented at the conference. The decision of the TAC will be final.

Please Note:

  1. For style of submission and other queries please visit: or write to Dr. Mithun Kherde at
  2. Last date for submission of abstracts is extended till 11 pm on 21st August 2017. Please also send a summary of your CV (not more than 500 words) with the abstract.
  3. Comments by TAC will be communicated only for selected abstracts by 31st August 2017. Completed papers need to be sent by 30th September 2017.

Download Guideline for Abstract Submission and Selection Criteria