INTRODUCTION

India's current spend on healthcare is about 1.4% of its GDP; ranking the world's fastest growing economy at 130 (out of 189) in the UNDP Human Development Index Report. Various studies have shown rising out-of-pocket expenditures on healthcare, making it unaffordable and pushing millions of Indians below the poverty line annually. An estimated 469 million people in India do not have regular access to essential medicines. A staggering 63% of primary health centres do not have an operation theatre; 29% lacked a labour room; and community health centres are consistently short of specialists including surgeons,

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