Just 0.21 % of new projects in health

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE UNION Min­istry of Fi­nance re­cently pub­lished data, ac­cord­ing to which of the 4,000 multi-crore in­fra­struc­ture projects in In­dia only nine (0.21 per cent)—hav­ing an in­vest­ment of 938 crore—are in the health sec­tor. In­vest­ments in the health sec­tor were far lower com­pared to those in the trans­port and en­ergy sec­tors. In­dia spent US $69 per capita on health in 2013, the low­est among de­vel­op­ing na­tions. Even poorer economies like In­done­sia and Mex­ico did bet­ter, ac­cord­ing to the data pub­lished by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment ( The govern­ment heath ex­pen­di­ture is also low com­pared to other coun­tries, South Africa, Brazil and China.

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