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Financing for health in India

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3179
  1. Mongjam Meghachandra Singh, professor1,
  2. Reeta Devi, assistant professor2,
  3. Niharika Yedla, former student3
  1. 1Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi 110095, India
  2. 2School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India
  3. 3Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
  1. megharita1{at}

Financing is a crucial determinant of providing primary healthcare.1 Stenberg and colleagues2 suggested that low income countries need to spend $54 (Rs3240; £32; €39) per capita for basic healthcare services, whereas the average actual per capita health expenditure in these countries is only $27. World Health Statistics 20073 reported $29 per capita as public health spending by India, which is ranked 184 …

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