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Health Care Budgets in a Changing Political Economy

Authors : Duggal, Ravi

Published Year: 1997

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 32(20-21), May 17-24, 1997, pp. 1197-1200

A meaningful analysis of recent health budgets can only be made in the context of the direct and indirect encouragement given by the state to the growth of the private sector in the health services. First, the slowing down of state investment in the hospital sector and the subsidies, soft loans and duty and tax exemptions offered; second the creation of a market for modern health care through the setting up of PHCs and cottage hospitals in the rural area, and third the consistent expansion in highly qualified medical personnel who could not be absorbed on the state sector.

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