AP/Seattle Times Examines Health Care Costs In India

The Associated Press/Seattle Times examines the challenges associated with extending affordable health care to people in India. “Each year, the cost of health care pushes some 39 million people back into poverty, according to a study published in the Lancet medical journal. Patients shoulder up to 80 percent of India’s medical costs. Their share averages about $66 (3,000 rupees) annually per person – a crippling sum for the 800 million or so Indians living on less than $2 a day. … While India boasts an economic growth rate near 9 percent, the wealth has done little to help millions burdened by poverty and disease. The poor, aside from struggling to afford care, also face extreme shortages of doctors and medicines” (Daigle, 6/4).