Hospitals in Indian state of Karnataka are told to report fake poverty cards

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 10 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1444
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Hospital officials in the Indian state of Karnataka have been asked to police the use of identity cards that entitle users to free healthcare, after a flood of fake poverty cards that have increased demands on health services in the state.

The Karnataka Private Hospitals Forum said that eight in 10 people in the state were now using Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards—a sudden rise from less than one in three people—and that hospitals could not cope …

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