India spent less than 4% of its budget on health and ranked 155th on the health spending index
New Delhi: The latest report on ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 2020’ by International Charity OXFAM says India spends 4% for health in their budgets which is just above a quarter of the recommended spending and one-third of what the second poorest country in the world, Burundi, did. India’s share on health equals with Afghanistan
The report has said that globally only 26 of the 158 countries surveyed were spending the recommended 15% of their budgets on health. “Nigeria, Bahrain and India, (the last of) which is currently experiencing the world’s fastest-growing outbreak of Covid-19, were among the world’s worst-performing countries in tackling inequality going into the pandemic,” the Oxfam statement said.
The survey data shows India spent less than 4% of its budget on health and ranked 155th on the health spending index. “Its health budget is the fourth lowest in the world. Just half of its population have access to even the most essential health services,” the report said.