Average Annual Out of Pocket Expenditure on Health
Good health is essential to the fulfilment of basic human needs. Studies have shown that increased government spending on health tends to improve financial protection for individuals and the targets of SDG 3 also emphasise the need for a substantial increase in health financing. However, in the face of stagnant public spending on health, it is estimate that 80% of Indians incur significant out-of-pocket-expenditure on health, and large numbers fall into debt and poverty to meet these expenses. There is a crucial need to focus on the vulnerable sections of our society and provide healthcare access to all, overcoming their diverse contexts and disadvantages. Increasing access to public healthcare and decreasing OOPE borne by these communities is a paramount goal.
Average Annual Out of Pocket Expenditure on Health in the Sustainable Development Goals
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3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.
Related Average Annual Out of Pocket Expenditure on Health Targets
Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all