Metamorphosis

Can AAP’s insurgent government deliver the universal healthcare holy grail?

In a first such experiment in India, 150 mohalla clinics have been set up in Delhi and 850 more will come up by year-end. How is Arvind Kejriwal’s prescription working?

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The pizza boxes are strewn around the table in a backroom of the health department of Delhi government. The chatter, attitude and energy of the men sitting around on plush couches make the place look like a well-funded startup. Also, the reason why certain quarters of the government have been raising eyebrows.

The mood in the room is bittersweet. Two years ago, the state government inherited 260 primary healthcare units and made a grand promise of establishing 1000 more mohalla clinics—one doctor-primary healthcare units—across the city. On 15 March, the…

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