India at 154 behind B'desh, Nepal, China on health care index

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 19, 2017

This gap has broadened in the last 25 years, in spite of flourishing economic development. Diseases like tuberculosis, diabetes, rheumatic heart diseases, and chronic kidney diseases, and the lack of access to proper means to treat them were causes of concern. The data, in the report, takes a look at 195 countries, between the years 1990-2015, and assesses the measuring mortality rates from 32 diseases which should not be fatal in presence of effective medical care. It focuses on more than 30 diseases for which better access to medical care could have been achieved.

As per the study, India has performed poorly in tackling cases of tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases and rheumatic heart diseases.

Highlighting growing inequalities between countries, researchers pointed out that even among countries with similar development levels, there is wide variation in healthcare access and quality.

A report published on Thursday by Global Burden of Disease in The Lancet has revealed that India has recorded a poor health care index than several neighbouring Asian nations, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and China in last 25 years.

India ranked at 154 in the list of 195 countries.

India lags behind Sri Lanka (72.8), Bangladesh (51.7), Bhutan (52.7) and Nepal (50.8) and ranks above Pakistan (43.1) and Afghanistan (32.5).

The study examines healthcare trends from 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2015. The average growth in expenditure on total healthcare is not only lower than the average annual GDP growth rate, but the expenditure is also still lower (as a percentage of GDP) than the expenditure of many developing and low-income countries.

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