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.
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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Out of pocket (OOP) medical expenses make up about 67% of all healthcare costs in India according to NHA estimates and off course forms a major chunk in overall healthcare expenditure while public spending remains low. High OOP for health brings a financial burden on families and discourages people from seeking timely care. Therefore, government needs to pump in more funds to address healthcare needs of people.
An estimated 49000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016 and more than 31000 till October 2017. Three big states are responsible for maximum number of deaths in India. Approximately, half of AIDS related deaths are confined to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Although, a steady decline has been witnessed over the past four years but new pockets of infections have emerged in Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Nurses are the backbone of health system and hospitals. But in India, nursing is a dying profession. Currently, India has more than 1.7 million nurses but needs two million nurses to cater to the growing healthcare demands. Uttar Pradesh has over 88,863 nurses which is only 3 per cent of the total nurses in India despite UP being the most populous state. The demand for healthcare staff outstrips supply.
Health Analytics India (HAI) is a data journalism initiative dedicated to provide the most illuminating reporting on healthcare. We’re not going to blindly accept the data, but we’re not going to be blind to it either.Syed Nazakat, Editor-in-Chief of Health Analytics India
Journalists reporting on traumatic situations and disease such as Ebola, cholera, or HIV-Aids need to develop specialist skills for such work. Their tool kit needs to include techniques such as empathy, less talking - more listening, and a critical need to get the facts right.Cait McMahon PhD, is a managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific, with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
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"India provides low cost drugs not only to its citizens but also to most developing countries. Hence, the measures to control prices of drugs must be matched with those to safeguard our sovereignty in drug manufacturing, whether by public or private companies. It is this that will finally result in availability of drugs at affordable prices and will ensure that we move forward towards Universal Health Assurance."Mirai Chatterjee, Director, Social Security Team, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).
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