The policy envisages as its goal the attainment of the highest possible
level of health and wellbeing for all at all ages, through a preventive and
promotive health care without anyone having to face financial hardship as a
This would be achieved through increasing access, improving quality and
lowering the cost of healthcare delivery.
The policy recognizes the pivotal importance of Sustainable Development
Key Policy Principles
The health policy commits itself to the highest professional standards,
integrity and ethics to be maintained in the entire system of health care
Affirmative action to reach the poorest. It would mean minimizing
disparity on account of gender, poverty,caste, disability, other forms of
social exclusion and geographical barriers.
As costs of care increases, affordability, as distinct from equity,
Prevention of exclusions on social, economic or on grounds of current
A multi stake holder approach with partnership & participation of all
non health ministries and communities.
Decentralisation of decision making to a level as is consistent with
practical considerations and institutional capacity. Community participation
in health planning processes, to be promoted side by side.
Policy advocates progressively incremental Assurance based Approach with
focus on preventive and promotive healthcare
Policy recommends linking the health card to primary care facility for a
defined package of services anywhere in the country
Policy recommends the setting up of a separate, empowered medical
tribunal for speedy resolution to address disputes /complaints.
Focus on reducing micronutrient malnourishment and systematic approach
to address heterogeneity in micronutrient adequacy across regions.
Public hospitals and facilities would undergo periodic measurements and
certification of level of quality.
Private Sector engagement for strategic purchase for critical gap
filling and for achievement of health goals.
Policy proposes raising public health expenditure to 2.5% of the GDP in
a time bound manner.
NHP 2017 seeks to promote quality of care, focus on emerging diseases
and invest in promotive and preventive healthcare.
It envisages providing larger package of assured comprehensive primary
health care through the ‘Health and Wellness Centers’.
It addresses health security and make in India for drugs and devices.
It advocates allocating major proportion (up to two-thirds or more) of
resources to primary care followed by secondary and tertiary care.
The Policy has also assigned specific quantitative targets aimed at
reduction of disease prevalence/incidence, for health status.
It seeks to strengthen the health surveillance system and establish
registries for diseases of public health importance, by 2020.
It also seeks to align other policies for medical devices and equipment
with public health goals.
There is a sharpened focus to inform, clarify, strengthen and prioritize
the role of the Government in shaping health systems in all its dimensions