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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 180-182

Role of family medicine education in India's step toward universal health coverage

1 Department of Family Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Sajitha M.F. Rahman
Department of Family Medicine, Low Cost Effective Care Unit, Arni Road,Vellore - 632 001, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.141594

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India's commitment to universal health coverage has grown stronger with the submission of High Level Expert Group report by the Planning Commission in 2012. With this report comes the commitment to increase the primary health-care workforce to meet the population needs. However, the focus should not be just to increase the number of health workers, but to produce better health workers. Doctors, nurses and community health workers trained in primary and secondary health-care facilities can make a significant contribution in responding to the needs of the local community. The role of family medicine education is worth exploring in this context to equip the primary care health workers with the competencies of providing person-centered, comprehensive and continuous care.

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