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Does India really not have enough money to spend on healthcare?
  1. Sagarika Kamath1,
  2. Rajesh Kamath2
  1. 1 School of Management, Manipal University, Manipal, India
  2. 2 Department of Public Health, Manipal University, Manipal, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rajesh Kamath, Department of Public Health, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka 576104, India; rajeshkamath82{at}

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It is often asked why the Indian government does not spend more on healthcare. India is at the bottom of the table on almost all human development indices and clearly needs to spend more on the health of its people. A lack of funding is often given as the reason for many unmet healthcare needs, but a careful look at India’s budget suggests the contrary. The media tend to focus on the factors affecting GDP growth. It might be pertinent to ask, growth for whom? This seems to be an important question. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has argued many times that growth …

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  • Contributors Both authors have contributed in the conceptualisation, writing, editing and proof-reading of this piece.

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