The Health Ministry has revealed
that healthcare costs in India have left about 63 million people poverty
struck. This is due to shattering expenditures occurring in healthcare. All
hospitals including those functioning in the public sector are leading to
The recently placed draft of
National Health Policy 2015 is seeking comments and suggestions from the public
with the above point in focus. Growing healthcare costs is exhausting family
incomes and neutralising income gains. Though government schemes are available
to reduce poverty, increased healthcare costs are nullifying these schemes.
Thus, causing a rise to poverty in India.
"Over 63 million persons are faced
with poverty every year due to healthcare costs alone. It is because there is
no financial protection for the vast majority of healthcare needs," says the
draft put out by the Health Ministry on its website for inviting public
"This led to an increasing number of households facing catastrophic
expenditures (18 percent of all households in 2011-12 as compared to 15 percent in 2004-05)," it said.
The country is in need of a new
Health Policy that can accommodate these changes. The reasons stated for
framing a new policy are rising non-communicable diseases and swiftly growing
healthcare industry. The new charter aims to bring in affordable healthcare
that can be universally accessed.