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India Curbing Health Spending Growth Leaves Poor Exposed

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India increased the health department’s budget about 2 percent to 297 billion rupees ($4.8 billion), leaving health spending at one of the lowest levels in the world as a percentage of gross domestic product.

The department of health and family welfare’s resources for the year ending March 2016, unveiled today in the nation’s budget, compares with 290 billion rupees in the current financial year. The limited rise underscores the challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces to achieve an ambitious plan for universal health care.