Episode 225: Understanding Indian Healthcare

We may have been in denial earlier, but no more. Covid-19 has laid bare how badly India’s healthcare system is broken. Before we can fix it, we must understand it. Karthik Muralidharan joins Amit Varma in episode 225 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on his many years of studying this field. The discussion also contains thoughts on whether GDP is edible, and a bout of antakshiri right at the end.

Also check out:
1. Fixing Indian Education — Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan).
2. Past episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on Covid-19, featuring (in reverse chronological order) Gautam MenonAjay ShahAnirban MahapatraRuben MascarenhasChinmay TumbeRukmini SVaidehi TandelVivek KaulAnup Malani and Shruti Rajagopalan.
3. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State — Amit Varma.
4. Participatory Democracy — Episode 160 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ashwin Mahesh).
5. Cities and Citizens — Episode 198 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ashwin Mahesh).
6. Urban Governance in India — Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
7. A Scientist in the Kitchen — Episode 204 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Krish Ashok).
8. In Service of the Republic — Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah.
9. The Art and Science of Economic Policy — Episode 154 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah).
10. The Ultimate Resource — Julian L Simon.
11. Population Is Not a Problem, but Our Greatest Strength — Amit Varma.
12. Do Firms Underinvest in Long-term Research? — Eric Budish, Benjamin N Roin & Heidi Williams.
13. Fortress and Frontier in American Health Care — Robert F Graboyes.
14. Patents are Not the Problem! — Alex Tabarrok.
15. The Tabarrok Curve.
16. The O-Ring Theory of Economic Development — Michael Kremer.
17. Why Abhijit Banerjee Had to Go Abroad to Achieve Glory — Amit Varma.
18. That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen — Frédéric Bastiat.
19. Lancelot Pinto’s reply (about Asthma patients) to Amit Varma’s tweet.
20. Demystifying GDP — Episode 130 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rajeswari Sengupta).
And now, for some foundational papers:
21. Which doctor? Combining vignettes and item response to measure clinical competence (2005)– Jishnu Das & Jeffrey Hammer.
22. Money for nothing: The dire straits of medical practice in Delhi, India (2007) — Jishnu Das and Jeffrey Hammer.
23. Is There a Doctor in the House?: Medical Worker Absence in India (2011) — Karthik Muralidharanan, Nazmul Chaudhury, Jeffrey Hammer, Michael Kremer & F Halsey Rogers.
24. Quality and Accountability in Health Care Delivery: Audit-Study Evidence from Primary Care in India (2016) — Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, Aakash Mohpal & Karthik Muralidharan.
25. The impact of training informal health care providers in India: A randomized controlled trial (2016)– Jishnu Das, Abhijit Chowdhury, Reshmaan Hussam & Abhihit Banerjee.
26. Two Indias: The structure of primary health care markets in rural Indian villages with implications for policy (2020)– Jishnu Das, Benjamin Daniels, Monisha Ashok, Eun-Young Shim & Karthik Muralidharan.
27. Augmenting State Capacity for Child Development: Experimental Evidence from India — Alejandro J. Ganimian, Karthik Muralidharan & Christopher R Walters.
Back to regular links to stuff discussed in the episode!
28. The Girl From Haryana — Amit Varma (on Sakshi Malik and women wrestlers in Haryana).
29. The IndiaSpend interview of Rajani Bhat & Lancelot Pinto by Govindraj Ethiraj, (Also in Hindi.)
30. Beware of Quacks. Alternative Medicine is Injurious to Health — Amit Varma.
31. Homeopathic Faith — Amit Varma.
32. Deep Medicine — Eric Topol.
33. The Market for Lemons — George Akerloff.
34. The Medical Council of India — Episode 8 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pavan Srinath).
35. The Life and Times of Amit Varma — Amit Varma’s appearance on The Grand Tamasha, hosted by Milan Vaishnav.
36. Over 1000 teachers on UP panchayat poll duty died of Covid-19 — Deccan Herald.
37. India’s Power Elite: Class, Caste and Cultural Revolution — Sanjaya Baru.
38. What Have We Done With Our Independence? — Episode 186 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pratap Bhanu Mehta).
39. The BJP Before Modi — Episode 202 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vinay Sitapati).
40. Muhafiz — Ismail Merchant’s adaptation of Anita Desai’s In Custody.
41. Aaj Ek Harf Ko Phir Dhundhta Phirta Hain Khayal — from Muhafiz.
42. Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Haalaat Pe Rona Aaya — from Hum Dono.

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