ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mobilising Resources

ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY Mobilising Resources The critical need to restructure the health finance framework, so that adequate financial risk protection may be given to the poor against the cost of illness has been well-demonstrated for many years. The fact that the health system has suffered from the slowing down of investment has also been well known. In 1996 health care accounted for about 4.5 per cent of GDP and the total spending on health was just about Rs 165 per capita. That medicare is a significant contributor to immiseration in all of south Asia has been repeatedly and emphatically documented. Given all this, the slow movement in setting in place a comprehensive system of providing universal access to health care regardless of the ability to pay must be viewed as a serious failure. Unfortunately, criticism of the state

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