Development | Magazine Articles | VOL. 12, ISSUE 74, September-October 2012 |

Rural-Urban Divide in Health Status

It was nearly four decades ago that economist Michael Lipton brought to the fore the concept of an urban bias in the process of development, noting ‘the spatial differences or inequalities in poverty between urban and rural areas’. He also highlighted that although domination of the urban class could be seen along many dimensions, it was perhaps most importantly manifested in the form of state health resource allocation that favoured urban priorities at the expense of national equity and efficiency...

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