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Do We Care?: India's Health System

K. Sujatha Rao


The Preamble and the Directive Principles of India’s Constitution provide for state intervention for assuring every citizen’s health and well-being. Yet India has wide disparities and inequalities in the standard of living, with two-thirds of the people without access to tap water and a clean toilet, a third malnourished, over a million children dying before reaching the age of five, and millions dying due to communicable diseases that are treatable at an incredibly low cost. Despite insuring schemes, every year over 60 million are impoverished due to the high cost of care. This is due to abys ... More

Keywords: inequity, impoverishment, low funding, poor governance, failed leadership, NRHM, primary healthcare, HIV/AIDS epidemic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199469543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199469543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. Sujatha Rao, author
former union secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India