India's women get poor deal on health care, says World Bank

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1627

Girls and women in India below the age of 30 have higher death rates from illness than men in the same age group, says a new report by the World Bank. The report says that the poor health status of women in India is a major cause of India's female deficient sex ratio—927 females for 1000 males in 1991.

Overall loss of healthy life from non-fatal illnesses and pathological conditions is also higher for women than for men, according to the report. It says that cultural factors, gender bias, and inadequate health care are all contributing to women's poor health.

According to the report, …

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