Health­care Needs a Booster Shot

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Pub­lic spend­ing on health in In­dia, even among coun­tries in our eco­nomic bracket, is low. While there are gen­er­ally wide variations even among coun­tries with sim­i­lar in­comes, the Bri­tish med­i­cal jour­nal Lancet, in a study pub­lished in April, sug­gests that in more de­vel­oped coun­tries, gov­ern­ments are re­spon­si­ble for the bulk of spend­ing on health. The Na­tional Health Pol­icy 2017 in­cludes a re­solve to in­crease health spend­ing to 2.5% of GDP in a ‘time-bound man­ner’. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) rec­om­mends spend­ing at least 5% of GDP.

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