August 9, 2015
Abstract: In the Indian context, universal access to quality education and health care has not been achieved, though considerable gains have been made on both fronts. Based on data from the National Sample Survey Office’s household surveys in 2014, two aspects of health care that are of particular concern are:
- the kind and quality of care that patients receive is highly varied; and
- the social and economic costs of low access and inefficient delivery are high.
Standardization of healthcare across both allopathic and indigenous systems (AYUSH) along with more public facilities, particularly in rural areas, is the need of the hour. The quality of preventive healthcare, before a person needs to get to a hospital, also needs to be strengthened.
Keywords: Health Economics; education policy; Welfare Economics; data methodology