India turns to Korea for tech push to Ayushman Bharat
SEOUL/NEW DELHI: India is looking at the South Korean model for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship universal healthcare programme, Ayushman Bharat, much in line with the government’s inclination to look at development models in east Asian countries rather than Europe or the US.
The country has already borrowed important lessons from different countries for its 10-month-old Ayushman Bharat national health insurance scheme, but is now looking closely at South Korea’s universal healthcare programme, which covers primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare, for inspiration.
“We have a proposal to study South Korea’s technological innovations in their universal healthcare programme,” said Indu Bhushan, CEO at Ayushman Bharat. “A team would be visiting soon.”