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Little co-relation between health spend and Covid-related results: Ind-Ra

While hospitals and beds are essential to manage case load, administrative intervention is a must for mass-scale testing and arresting the spread of the disease, the report says

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The country’s total health expenditure at 3.8 per cent of GDP in FY17 is much lower than both advanced and emerging economies

Ruchika Chitravanshi
While health infrastructure, such as hospital beds and availability of doctors, plays a crucial in fighting the pandemic, the final outcome depends on state-level political leadership to leverage existing and stepped-up health expenditure, a report by India Ratings and Research has said. 

The lack of administrative initiative explains why there have been mixed results and little one-to-one correspondence between health expenditure, infrastructure and Covid-19 related outcomes, the report said.

“Hospital beds and doctors are essential to take care of the Covid-19 case load, but to detect and prevent the spread of the pandemic, mass-scale testing and tracing is required, which

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First Published: Nov 30 2020 | 3:48 PM IST

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