Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana people opt for private hospitals most

By Udumula Sudhakar Reddy

Based on the 71st round of a national sample survey, ‘Health in India’ has that AP and Telangana state have the highest number of people (around 78 per cent) approaching private hospitals for treatment.

The two states also have the highest number of families living below the poverty line who still approach private hospitals for medical treatment that costs them a bomb. Savings and income are spent by these BPL families who in most cases are forced to burrow for medical expenses.

According to the report, AP, Gujarat, Karnataka, TS, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh showed a high degree of reliance on private sector hospitals. More than 78 per cent in urban areas in both AP and TS were treated in the private sector consisting of private doctors, nursing homes, private hospitals and charitable institutions.

Higher preference towards allopathy treatment was prevalent (around 90 per cent), in both urban and rural areas. Highest proportion for hospitalisation (excluding childbirth) were reported for ‘infection’ inclusive of all types of fever, jaundice, tuberculosis, tetanus, diarrhoeas, dysentery and other infection.

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