It’s the wrong medicine, Minister
The complication is that budgets for health go disproportionately to medical care—a dramatic understatement. But people’s health is determined by a vast array of factors of which medical care is a minor part. In fact, it is often very hard to find any connection at all between publicly provided medical care and standard measures of health status. In two rounds of the National Family Health Survey, it is impossible to detect any correlation at all of having a public medical facility in your village and having lower infant (or child, or maternal) mortality once other factors are considered. Lots of other things are correlated: income, education (probably mothers’ but that’s debatable), water supply, sanitation habits and even roads but not publicly provided medical care. The most recent round of
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