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Rural India gets access to just 1/3rd of hospital beds: Study

The critical areas are physical accessibility of healthacre facilities, availability and capacity of the resources, quality and functionality of service and affordability of treatment, it pointed out. Commenting on the finding, IMS Health Information and Consulting Services India Pvt Ltd Managing Director, South Asia , Amit Backliwal told PTI: "There is a misconception that access is equal to affordability. It is not so. Affordability is a important factor but not the only factor." If the issues of availability and quality are taken care of, there can be movement of the patients from the private to public healthcare system, Backliwal added. Lack of diagnostic facilities, lack of doctors and long waiting times are the main reasons for majority of patients opting for private healthcare system, study suggested. The study is based on a survey of nearly 15,000 households covering all socio-economic groups in rural and urban areas across 12 states, supplemented with interviews with over 1,000 doctors and experts.
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