Policy: India’s health care challenges

India is in bad health. On the one hand, many of its citizens are living with the effects of poor nutrition and poverty. A lack of toilets and a faulty distribution system for affordable medication means India contributes to nearly a quarter of deaths worldwide from diarrhea.

Health and life expectancy in India continue to be largely determined by the lottery of the sex, socioeconomic status, caste, and the place one is born,” the report noted.


Investing in public healthcare will also help reduce India’s disproportionately high contribution to the global burden of disease, the report said.

India accounted for 20% of the global burden of diseases in 2013, down just one percentage point from nearly a decade [from 2005] ago.


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