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Needing health cover

Thus, many spend their life-savings to meet treatment costs and slip into poverty because of the exorbitant healthcare expenditures in the private sector.

Needing health cover
Almost 60% of all hospitalisations, and 70% of out-patient services are catered for by the private sector.

Given India’s healthcare spending is close to just 3% of the GDP, and its health-insurance density (premium per person) is 5%, out-of-pocket expenditure remains high, at 55%.

This is significantly higher than the average for lower-middle income countries, and is amongst the highest in the world.

Thus, many spend their life-savings to meet treatment costs and slip into poverty because of the exorbitant healthcare expenditures in the private sector.

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Almost 60% of all hospitalisations, and 70% of out-patient services are catered for by the private sector.

Even those who have insurance cover under-estimate health risks and do not purchase adequate health insurance.

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