India must act to stem rise of unnecessary medical interventions, says World Bank

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 11 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5084
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

The overuse of medical tests and interventions is emerging as a serious problem in India, and the country needs to take action to stop it worsening, the World Bank has warned.1

People in India with private voluntary health insurance are two to three times more likely to be hospitalised than the national average, said an article by the anti-poverty agency. “Many of these interventions deliver only marginal benefits and can actually harm the patients, leading to unnecessary suffering, especially among the frail and elderly,” it noted.

The article reported a recent conference held by the World Bank on finding ways to ensure the medical necessity of care, attended by healthcare …

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