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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-7
Equity and quality of health-care access: Where do we stand and the way forward?


Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. DY Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Amitav Banerjee
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Dy Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. Dy Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra - 411 018
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DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_183_19

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The development in the country's health status has not kept pace with its economic development. Although India along with most countries of the world was a signatory to the Alma Ata Declaration of 1978, its performance particularly on health equity and quality issues, so far, has been far from satisfactory. There are vast variations in health-care status by states, by ethnic groups, gender, and urban-rural difference. Till recently, government policies and people's perceptions also seemed to be on the wrong track. Our priorities seemed to be all wrong – we seemed to prefer setting up of high-cost tertiary health institutions at the expense of the primary health centers. The recently launched Swachh Bharat and Ayushman Bharat schemes offer hope of addressing these asymmetries. This paper briefly dwells on these issues.


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