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.
Kerala has topped the Health Index while Uttar Pradesh appeared at the bottom among larger states according to the report prepared by NITI Aayog.
Nurses are the backbone of health system and hospitals. Currently, India has more than 1.7 million nurses but needs two million nurses to cater to the growing healthcare demands.
Air pollution has made Delhi infamous across the world. Delhi-NCR has almost become a gas chamber and the onset of winter witnesses worst air pollution levels.
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.
Proportion of women giving birth in health institutions has increased sharply in India but let us analyse how far has it impacted in bringing down infant mortality rates.
India’s most comprehensive health report reveals huge disparities between states and their disease burdens. Similar is the situation of healthcare infrastructure.
India has around 1.8 million people suffering from cancer. Five states - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh houses 50% of the cancer patients according to latest data from 2017.
In 2016, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) rolled out a major scheme for strengthening of food testing infrastructure in the country.
Liver diseases are on the rise in India and add to serious disease burden putting hundreds and thousands every year to pay out of pocket expanses as the cost of treatment remains high and availability of liver for transplants is quite low.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) India is likely to have over 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer by 2020.
India’s current organ donation and transplantation system is nowhere close to the requirements for organs in the country. More than 5 lakh people across the nation die each year.
India has the highest rate of snake bite deaths and most of the victims die either because the victim is unable to reach hospital on time or due to shortage of anti snake venom medicine.
Dearth of infrastructure and lack of staff are responsible for poor conditions in government hospitals. India has an average of one nurse for every 2500 people.
Bihar is experiencing some of the biggest falls in infant mortality rates (IMR) ever seen in the state.
India is in the grip of swine flu. The states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharshtra are the worst affected. They contributed to almost 72% deaths.
Due to sex-selective abortions and preference for male child, male children are given more care during their initial years of life.
Millions of Indians do not have access to doctors, hospitals or even basic healthcare facilities due to shortage of infrastructure and health staff.
India has the highest number of children suffering from stunted growth in the world. Stunting and wasting is a major threat for child survival because severe wasting compromises the ability of children to grow.
All doctors have to register with the Medical Council in order to practise. We looked at the numbers of state medical councils released by Ministry of Health
India suffers from a huge shortage of blood. Almost 87 districts in India, have no blood banks and there are total 1,050 public blood banks in India.
The healthcare cost in India pushes almost 39 million Indians to poverty and forces every other Indian to incur out-of-pocket expenditure due to lack of insurance cover or government support.
India has gained impressive improvement in child survival over the last few decades. The mortality rates have been reduced to half in a last forty years.
Immunisation is the most effective method to prevent and avoid sickness and an effective immunisation can help reduce the disease burden.
Maharashtra has seen the highest number of swine flu cases in the year 2015 but the number declined to 80 in 2016. As few as 80 cases of swine flu and 25 deaths were reported till October 2016.
Though, India tops the list with maximum number of anaemic women and children in the world. Nine states are the worst sufferers.
As per ICMR data, every year there are 11 lakh new cancer cases in India and five lakh cancer deaths. Most of the deaths happen due to dearth of doctors, poor treatment and lack of diagnostic devices.
There were 6.3 million Tuberculosis cases reported in 2014 worldwide, out of which 25% of the cases are from India and the disease is strengthening its grip in India.
Vector borne diseases are spread through insects like mosquitoes. A key focus of the healthcare agenda for 2017 should focus on vector borne diseases.