India's health inequality made worse by reduced health budget: Oxfam report

Oxfam India's inequality report draws attention to the county's unequal healthcare story hit further by Covid-19

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Constant underfunding of the public healthcare system in the last decade has worsened health infrastructure, the Oxfam India report shows.

Veenu Sandhu New Delhi
When it comes to healthcare, people in general category are better off than Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) households; Hindus are better off than Muslims; the rich do better than the poor; men are better off than women; and the urban population fares better than the rural.

These are the findings of Oxfam India’s “Inequality Report 2021: India’s Unequal Healthcare Story”. The report says that the absence of universal health coverage has starkly and disproportionately affected marginalised groups at a time when socio-economic inequalities in India are growing because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While 65.7 per cent of the households belonging to the general category have access to improved, non-shared sanitation facilities, only 25.9 per cent ST households

First Published: Jul 20 2021 | 11:38 AM IST

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