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Can the Gates Foundation help make a business case for primary healthcare?

Primary healthcare providers have preferred being in metropolises. Rural India remains ignored. The UP government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation could change that


In late September 2016, the government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) held a rather unusual meeting in Lucknow. A motley combination of doctors and entrepreneurs from nonprofits, hospitals and venture capital funded-startups had gathered for what looked like an interesting experiment in outsourcing. A word that rings a bell in tech but not in healthcare. That the world’s largest and richest charity, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was involved, added a sincere and reassuring flavour to a state government invitation. And it was about outsourcing primary healthcare in 11 centres.

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