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National Health Policy 2017

This topic provides information about National Health Policy 2017.

The National Health Policy of 1983 and the National Health Policy of 2002 have served well in guiding the approach for the health sector in the Five-Year Plans. The current context has however changed in four major ways. First, the health priorities are changing. Although maternal and child mortality have rapidly declined, there is growing burden on account of non-communicable diseases and some infectious diseases. The second important change is the emergence of a robust health care industry estimated to be growing at double digit. The third change is the growing incidences of catastrophic expenditure due to health care costs, which are presently estimated to be one of the major contributors to poverty. Fourth, a rising economic growth enables enhanced fiscal capacity. Therefore, a new health policy responsive to these contextual changes is required.

The National Health Policy, 2017 (NHP, 2017) seeks to reach everyone in a comprehensive integrated way to move towards wellness.  It aims at achieving universal health coverage and delivering quality health care services to all at affordable cost.


The policy envisages as its goal the attainment of the highest possible level of health and well-being for all at all ages, through a preventive and promotive health care orientation in all developmental policies, and universal access to good quality health care services without anyone having to face financial hardship as a consequence. This would be achieved through increasing access, improving quality and lowering the cost of healthcare delivery.


Improve health status through concerted policy action in all sectors and expand preventive, promotive, curative, palliative and rehabilitative services provided through the public health sector with focus on quality.

Specific Quantitative Goals and Objectives

Health Status and Programme Impact

  1. Life Expectancy and healthy life
    • Increase Life Expectancy at birth from 67.5 to 70 by 2025.
    • Establish regular tracking of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) Index as a measure of burden of disease and its trends by major categories by 2022.
    • Reduction of TFR to 2.1 at national and sub-national level by 2025.
  2. Mortality by Age and/ or cause
    • Reduce Under Five Mortality to 23 by 2025 and MMR from current levels to 100 by 2020.
    • Reduce infant mortality rate to 28 by 2019.
    • Reduce neo-natal mortality to 16 and still birth rate to “single digit” by 2025.
  3. Reduction of disease prevalence/ incidence
    • Achieve global target of 2020 which is also termed as target of 90:90:90, for HIV/AIDS i.e, - 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, - 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
    • Achieve and maintain elimination status of Leprosy by 2018, Kala-Azar by 2017 and Lymphatic Filariasis in endemic pockets by 2017.
    • To achieve and maintain a cure rate of >85% in new sputum positive patients for TB and reduce incidence of new cases, to reach elimination status by 2025.
    • To reduce the prevalence of blindness to 0.25/ 1000 by 2025 and disease burden by one third from current levels.
    • To reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025.

Health Systems Performance

  1. Coverage of Health Services
    • Increase utilization of public health facilities by 50% from current levels by 2025.
    • Antenatal care coverage to be sustained above 90% and skilled attendance at birth above 90% by 2025.
    • More than 90% of the newborn are fully immunized by one year of age by 2025.
    • Meet need of family planning above 90% at national and sub national level by 2025.
    • 80% of known hypertensive and diabetic individuals at household level maintain "controlled disease status" by 2025.
  2. Cross Sectoral goals related to health
    • Relative reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use by 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2025.
    • Reduction of 40% in prevalence of stunting of under-five children by 2025.
    • Access to safe water and sanitation to all by 2020 (Swachh Bharat Mission).
    • Reduction of occupational injury by half from current levels of 334 per lakh agricultural workers by 2020.
    • National/ State level tracking of selected health behaviour.

Health Systems strengthening

  1. Health finance
    • Increase health expenditure by Government as a percentage of GDP from the existing 1.1 5 % to 2.5 % by 2025.
    • Increase State sector health spending to > 8% of their budget by 2020.
    • Decrease in proportion of households facing catastrophic health expenditure from the current levels by 25%, by 2025.
  2. Health Infrastructure and Human Resource
    • Ensure availability of paramedics and doctors as per Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS) norm in high priority districts by 2020.
    • Increase community health volunteers to population ratio as per IPHS norm, in high priority districts by 2025.
    • Establish primary and secondary care facility as per norm s in high priority districts (population as well as time to reach norms) by 2025.
  3. Health Management Information
    • Ensure district - level electronic database of information on health system components by 2020.
    • Strengthen the health surveillance system and establish registries for diseases of public health importance by 2020.
    • Establish federated integrated health information architecture, Health Information Exchanges and National Health Information Network by 2025.

Policy thrust

  1. Ensuring Adequate Investment - The policy proposes a potentially achievable target of raising public health expenditure to 2.5% of the GDP in a time bound manner.
  2. Preventive and Promotive Health - The policy identifies coordinated action on seven priority areas for improving the environment for health:
    • The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
    • Balanced, healthy diets and regular exercises.
    • Addressing tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse
    • Yatri Suraksha – preventing deaths due to rail an d road traffic accidents
    • Nirbhaya Nari – action against gender violence
    • Reduced stress and improved safety in the work place
    • Reducing indoor and outdoor air pollution
  3. Organization of Public Health Care Delivery - The policy proposes seven key policy shifts in organizing health care services.

Source : To access the complete National Health Policy 2017, click here.

C. H. Rao Apr 28, 2018 10:44 PM

Allocation of funds is not sufficient, but resources are to utilized appropriately and health care delivery to be monitored, tag on the performance of health professionals their work efficiency and expertise r to be noted preferably in rural, tribal, unreachable areas and hilly areas . The health care professionals work to be appreciated and highlighted, giving no scope for partiality and favouritism. Many are ready but their motivation is snubbed in the budding stage itself, seeing the rewards given to their peers. This should change, provide personale in sufficient quantity and drugs handy as well as the necessary equipment, then u can notice a drastic change in the health centres

Prof.S C Mohapatra,MD,MPHC,FIAPSM Apr 21, 2018 02:23 PM

The National Health Policy 2017 Document, is like any other, drafted with cosmetic care There is one issue the present Government, to whom we trust more than previous ones, why are Doctors not available / not going in Villages, what are the pains and problem of the Doctors. I lived in Rural Health Center, Chiraigaon (UP) for 17 years since 1976 to 1993.Those people respected me like God, but those days of mine were never recognized by any body neither respected in my fraternity...where as no one ever thinks "how much pain was tolerated by me and my family to survive there with out electricity, water,schooling or even any human-life-amenities..!!! Why not the IAS/IPS officers or Minister live in such areas for at least 10 years? I can assure the villages will improve automatically with out any Government programs or funding.

Prof uma J Deaver Mar 25, 2018 10:57 AM

National Health policy 2017 does look at health in a holistic way. like it is said ' prevention is better than cure' much of the expenditure due to health illness can be reduced, premature mortality could be prevented, if the policy focuses more on the preventive aspect than curative and rehabilitation. To achieve this
1. work more with the rural people who are ignorant of importance of health,
2. make it compulsary for people to have health check up every year. For this industries, institutions, etc must fix dates for their employees regular checkup.
3. regular audit and supervision must be done for health personnels working in government and private sector by dedicated and knowledgable, experienced supervisors.

HIMAVASHA Feb 24, 2018 06:55 AM

There are several policies framed and executed, but the implementation of those is really not up to mark.....this is because of lack of monitoring from government and the public are also responsible for ruining such policies. Even today there are many places where people suffer a lot to afford for medical expenses and they do not approach hospitals due to lack of knowledge regarding the severity of health condition. Thus, not only government but also the common people should have the knowledge about the current updated policies. The collective effort of common public and government will have fruitful results.

Dr. Indramani Jena, M.D. (Medicine) Dec 15, 2017 10:58 PM

India's poor allocation of budget is an impediment to achieve any policy goal as seen till today. In spite of ideal policy, the citinzenry depends 70 % on private than public health facilities. Why not the Government take over them or integrate them rather than declaring them as commercial and taxing them in as many items under CE Acts? Why not fixing prices for them as per expenses being incurred from Public Exchequer for each patient as OPD or IPD case? Why are they not entrusted with promotive health roles?

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