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Health and Morbidity in India (2004-2014)

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The decade from 2004 to 2014 saw the Indian economy grow at an impressive rate. This was also the time when the government brought sweeping policy initiatives into the healthcare sector. New health schemes were introduced at the national level as well as state levels. After a decade of experimentation, India is still faced with national and international criticism for its low investments in healthcare and for overall poor health outcomes. This study aims to systematically analyse health and morbidity in India during this time period.

In particular, we analyse changes in health-seeking behaviour of Indian households, changes in their out-of-pocket health expenditures and changes in their major sources of healthcare financing, over time. We are able to map some of the major healthcare initiatives of the government to these changes in outcomes of health-seeking, out-of-pocket expenditure and health financing.

Citations and media coverage

Mint | Indian households’ healthcare woes
Scroll | Over a decade, a 14-fold rise in proportion of Indians with health insurance
Frontline | Loosening control
FirstPost | Fewer rural women opting for private healthcare: Study shows increased access to government hospitals
Times of India | Insurance cover up, but medical expenses push more into poverty
The Hindu | Choosing hospital over home
The Telegraph | Revealed: What ails health in Bihar
Business Standard | Rural women are increasingly accessing government hospitals | Most Indians Dependent On Private Healthcare, Finds Study
DNA | Bihar spends lowest, Himachal highest on healthcare
DNA | 8.5 crore Indians are still impoverished by health costs
New Indian Express | Most Indians dependent on private healthcare: Study



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