A brand new Oxfam examine discovered that India’s low spending on public healthcare programs and the give attention to supporting non-public healthcare has led to critical inequalities in entry to healthcare, particularly throughout the Covid 19 pandemic.
The report, ‘Inequality Report 2021: Uneven Historical past of Healthcare in India’, launched on Tuesday says states attempting to cut back present inequalities and spending greater on well being had fewer confirmed instances of Covid-19.
“There are two aspects to what we now have discovered. First, states which have been decreasing inequalities lately, resembling inequalities in entry to well being between the overall class and SC and ST populations, have fewer confirmed Covid instances, resembling Telangana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. However, states which have had greater GDP spending on well being, resembling Assam, Bihar and Goa, have greater Covid case restoration charges, ” mentioned Apoorva Mahendra, a researcher at Oxfam India and one of many authors of the report.