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Public Health System in India Has Collapsed: Ramesh
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today said public health system in the country had "collapsed", noting that even poorer countries like Bangladesh and Kenya have superior health indicators.

In a candid assessment of the country's health sector, Ramesh also said 70 per cent of the health expenditure is met from private sources, making it a "unique" country. This was the "single most important" reason for indebtedness in rural areas, he added.

"Today the single most important reason for rural area indebtedness is expenditure on health. We all know that the health system in India has collapsed. India is unique country in the world where 70 per cent of the health expenditure is private expenditure," he said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.

In many parts of India, he said, public health system simply does not exist.

Ramesh also noted that countries all over the world are debating the issue of increasing public spending on health

To improve the social indices, the outspoken minister wanted states to make a fundamental commitment for creating elected institutions and institutions of participation, noting that such measures has helped states which have abided by this commitment.

In this regard, he noted that in large parts of India where elected representatives are strong or participating institutions are strong, they have better social outputs.

He said the secret of success of Bangladesh and Kenya who have superior infant mortality rates and sanitation facilities are due to empowerment of women. "They have been able to deliver than richer country like India".

Asserting that health would remain his top priority, Ramesh said improvement in hygiene and sanitation has led to improvement in infant mortality rates.

He emphasised that the state cannot abdicate its role in poverty alleviation.

The minister also noted that degradation of the environment contributed to poverty.

During the last 25-30 years, with accelerated economic growth and the pressure that economic growth has brought to bear on our natural resources, it has created this "new animal of ecological poverty that we have to now address," said Ramesh, a former Environment Minister.
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2/D-81
Nov 16, 2012
05:30 PM

 And Jai Ram Ramesh for it neither BJP nor Commies nor Modiwadies or any one else is responsible .
Congres and only Congress which ruled for 60 yrs has corrupted the all the system .
Don't think people are fools now -may be they were in the past.

ASHOK KUMAR GHAI, Mumbai
1/D-76
Nov 16, 2012
04:42 PM

This distilled idiot must understand that better health is achieved by increasing the numbers of seats for doctors and nurses, and not by some fashionable women health care. ( though such claims may get more votes )

For this, it must allocate MBBS seats to every district hospital, and stop the rampant corruption by MCI in allocating seats.

Male Unblocked, Chennai
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