India accounts for over half of the estimated 100 million people pushed into poverty worldwide every year due to out-of-pocket expenses on healthcare, a joint report on universal health coverage by the World Health Organisation and World Bank has revealed.
While figure on India is not surprising as the Ministry of health and family welfare’s own figure of the country’s affected population, calculated through a different methodology is about 63 million, the WHO-WB report for the first time allows a comparison with a global number.
The document — Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report — that has been published in Lancet Global Health shows that currently, 800 million people spend at least 10 per cent of their household budget on health expenses for themselves, a sick child or another family member.
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Source web page:New Indian Express