India spends just 4% of GDP on health

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Health is a resource as well as an outcome of the Sustainable Development Goals. The health spending patterns data reveals that India spends only 3.9 % of GDP on health as compared to the world average of 6.8%. Among SAARC countries India figures at fourth position in terms of health expenditure (as a percentage of GDP). Maldives figures at the top (11.5%) followed by Afghanistan (10.3%), Nepal (6.1%), India (3.9%), Bhutan (3.5%) and Bangladesh (2.6%). Of total GDP spend on health, public spending in India is 1.15% while as only 2.75% is contributed by the government.

India's health spending shows a gloomy picture

Health is central to sustainable development. Investing in health is critical for achieving the economic development goals. In India’s, per capita health expenditure is $ 63.3 as compared to China which is $ 425.6. In comparison, developed countries have much better health expenditure figures with the USA reporting $ 9,536, UK $ 4,356 and Germany spending $ 4,592 per capita per year. 

 
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