HealthCare and Parliamentarians: Challenges and Case Studies
Each year, India invests a hefty sum of nearly Rs. 35,000 Crore in the health sector. However, despite heavy investment in the sector, the emphasis and specificity is not reflected in the health indicators, which have consistently been under performing. This situation can be attributed to the lack of efficient utilisation of the available systemic mechanisms for monitoring healthcare activities, leading to inefficient operations, lack of accountability and hence, poor performance of public healthcare systems.The Indian Constitution does not define the role of a Parliamentarian with respect to their work on the policy and development front. Consequently, Parliamentarians bring their own strength to office, reflecting in their varied outputs across sectors.