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Issues of unequal access to public health in India

Barik, Debasis and Thorat, Amit (2015): Issues of unequal access to public health in India. Published in: Frontiers in Public Health , Vol. 3, No. 245 (27 October 2015): pp. 1-3.

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Even after more than 50 years of independence, health in India remains a luxury and only the rich can afford it. People visit equally poor private practitioners, ignoring the available public health units, and pay beyond their capacity. Quality health services, either public or private, with some government regulation, can help to improve the present scenario. The adivasi and the dalits are still away from the health equity and face more challenges than the others. Well-equipped health facilities in the vicinity and knowledge of disease conditions can improve the access of public health services. Rather than focusing on the doorstep services, well-equipped PHCs even can do better.

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