The government has approved National Health Policy, 2017 with the goal of attainment of the highest possible level of health and well-being for all, through a preventive and promotive healthcare orientation in all developmental policies, and universal access to good quality health care services without anyone having to face financial hardship as a consequence. Aligned to such a policy goal, the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), as a submission of National Health Mission (NHM), was approved in May 2013. It aims to provide equitable and quality primary healthcare services to the population in urban areas with special focus on slums and vulnerable sections of the society.
The National Health Policy, 2017 envisages that for achieving the objective of having fully functional primary healthcare facilities especially in urban areas to reach under-serviced populations, the government would collaborate with the private sector for operationalizing such health and wellness centers to provide a larger package of comprehensive primary healthcare across the country. Partnerships could be in areas of diagnostics services, ambulance services, safe blood services, rehabilitative services, palliative services, mental healthcare, telemedicine services, and the like.