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HEALTH INDEX

HEALTH INDEX

Context:

On 27 December 2021, the Health Index report for the Financial Year 2019-20 was released by NITI Aayog.

About Annual Health Index:

  • Its purpose is to track progress in health outcomes and health system performance to promote diverse learning between provinces and UTs.
  • Health Index Scores and rankings for states and UTs are generated to assess increased performance (annual progress) and overall performance (current performance).
  • It is a weighted composite score consisting of 24 indicators covering key aspects of health performance. 
  • The domains mentioned in the report are Governance and Information, Health Outcomes, and Key Inputs and Processes.
  • The Health Index is a useful tool for measuring and comparing overall performance and Incremental Performance across all states / UTs over time.

Significance of the Health Index Reports:

  • These Health Index Reports aim to inspire States/UTs to build more robust health systems and improve service delivery. 
  • The importance of this annual tool is further emphasized by MOHFW's decision to link this Health Index to the underlying National Health Mission. 
  • The report focuses on budget expenditure, inputs, and outputs to outcomes. 

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