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Purendra Prasad, Amar Jesani, and Sujata Patel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199482160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199482160.001.0001

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Health Care Reforms

Health Care Reforms

Do They Ensure Social Protection for the Labouring Poor?

(p.50) 2 Health Care Reforms
Equity and Access

Purendra Prasad

Oxford University Press

How do 35 crore people in India survive on Rs 32 per person per day in urban areas and Rs 26 per person per day in rural areas? The data from National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector indicates that 79 per cent of workers in the unorganised sector live on an income of less than Rs 20 a day. The growing recognition of the devastating effect of illnesses on the capacity of the labouring poor to work, and the rising cost of medical treatment prompted the Indian state to propose a new set of reforms to provide social protection for the unorganized workers. This chapter critiques these reforms, focusing on the possible strategies of inclusion and greater access to the vulnerable groups.

Keywords:   Health Care Reforms, Social Protection, Health Insurance, Working Poor, out-of-pocket expenditure, public-private partnership, commodification

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