Socio-economic inequity in health care utilization & expenditures in richer States in India
Equity in health is an important and long-standing goal for society. The poor, by virtue of lower incomes, unsanitary living conditions, poor access to health care not only tend to have higher levels of morbidity and mortality but despite needing it more, have lower levels of health care use compared to those who are better off. They also spend higher proportions of incomes on the little health care that they access. Uncertainty related to health and catastrophic nature of health expenditures often render even non-poor households into cycles of poverty.