Are Mohalla Clinics Making the Aam Aadmi Healthy in Delhi? -Taniya Sah, Neha Bailwal and Rituparna Kaushik
An independent analysis of 12 Mohalla clinics in Delhi to verify the claims of the government and opposition.
Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics created quite a stir when the first one was opened in Peeragarhi in 2015. During the Aam Aadmi Party’s first year in office, the clinics were started to take diagnostics and treatment of simple ailments to people’s doorstep and reduce the footfall in tertiary care hospitals. Mohalla Clinics have been promulgated as an unprecedented step towards mitigating the stark divide in healthcare delivery across regions and class through the means of free consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostics and pathological tests.
This “Zero Cost Model” has been touted to ensure better access to primary healthcare and reduce out-of-pocket health expenditure, amongst people coming from low-income groups and underdeveloped areas within Delhi. However, at the same time opposition political parties have criticised the clinics for being marred with corruption and poor outreach.
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