Public health insurance and long-term healthcare funding: Efficacy of Indian public health insurance programs.
Pratyasha Acharya is a joint University of Melbourne and University of Toronto, Ph.D. candidate specialising in health economics.
After making a conscious shift from the corporate to the social development sector, Pratyasha undertook her second Master's degree, a Master of Public Health at Harvard University. As a public health specialist, Pratyasha worked with not-for-profit organisations and provided technical support for the scale-up of pre-funded primary healthcare community-based insurance models. She has also contributed to a number of Health Systems Research projects in India, and has supported the health economic analyses of development impact bonds as a consultant.
Pratyasha's research focuses on public health insurance and long-term healthcare funding, particularly in the developing world. She has a special interest in the efficacy of Indian public health insurance programs. As lower- and middle-income countries aim for universal health coverage (UHC), Pratyasha's PhD study has important policy implications in unpacking the equity implications for different vulnerable sub-groups across the population spectrum. Her research raises important questions about the contextual factors that might contribute to the success of such targeted insurance schemes.
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