India spends just over 1% of its GDP on healthcare services, leading to a comprehensive crisis in the sector, according to Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. He called in for greater allocation on Health care, which is in sharp contrast with China spending nearly 3 times as much as India, in his foreword- Healers or Predators? “Healthcare corruption in India, which will be launched in Delhi on Thursday”.
Sen who is a Bharat Ratna awardee in 1999, claims that Indian healthcare systems have been deeply flawed and despite India being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, yet ranks at poor achievers in the healthcare sector with even Nepal and Bangladesh overtaking India’s achievements. The shortfall of India’s achievements compared to China and Thailand is large and ever growing.
Sen also pointed out that the media has not been projecting the crisis and this ignorance does not mean the healthcare sector is tolerable in India. Sen also writes about welfare economics and how the patients are suffering under the ‘private caregivers’, who charge unaffordable fees and do not offer services unless given the demanded amount. Sen also criticized the Medical Council of India (MCI) for failing to perform its duties and for its designated role of looking after medical colleges.