A journal entry in the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine claims there is both opportunity and obligation to increase accessibility of care for the majority of India’s population.
The author, Ashok Panagariya, is a member of the State Planning Board on Health Issues in Rajasthan, India. In his article he sights statistics on health care with regard to India’s rural population:
“It is observed that 70% of population has no access to specialist care as 80% of specialists live in urban areas. Only 13% of rural population have access to primary health centers, 33% to sub-center and 9.6% to a hospital (NFHS-II)”
Despite these numbers, Panagariya’s conclusion remains optimistic and his determination to solve the crisis shines through:
“In order to propel the indigenous production of medical devices, drugs, surgicals and diagnostics, the biomedical scientists in the hospitals, research institutions and elsewhere can come together and translate their knowledge into affordable medical products”
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