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Public vs Private Hospitals in India

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Between 2000 and 2006, the state government’s expenditure on healthcare fell from 5 percent of the budget to a meager 3.5 percent, averaging less than three dollars per person. Meanwhile, more money is spent on private healthcare in Andhra Pradesh than anywhere else in the nation. Government hospitals were caught between the hammer and the anvil: on the one hand the budget cuts, on the other glamorous private hospitals which run ad campaigns to draw away their patients.

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