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Access to Healthcare in India

Equitable access to public healthcare may be defined where individuals receive equal public healthcare facilities irrespective of his/her social, economic and geographic background. Serving a population of over 1.3 billion, India’s healthcare sector is a far cry from such an egalitarian access. It is common knowledge that despite a vast network, India exhibits a number of crippling disparities across various parameters in healthcare. Variations are even sharper when private and public healthcare infrastructure is compared. Where do we stand? According to the report, ‘Global Burden of Diseases: 2016’, India ranks 154th in 195 countries on the healthcare index. Interestingly, even Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have secured a better ranking than India. According to the National Health Profile 2017, India has a mere 1 million qualified doctors for a population of 1.3 billion people. Out of this, roughly 10 per cent of doctors are employed in the public sector—which...

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