New Delhi: The number of patients needing care in the country’s public hospitals has more than doubled in the last year, a government study has found.
In a country of one billion people, the average cost of a patient’s visit to the hospital has increased by about 6,400 percent in the past year.
India has been the world’s second most expensive country for health care costs in the World Health Organization’s annual index.
The report, based on data from private hospitals and government-run clinics, showed that India spends more on medical care than any other country.
The country also ranked fifth for the cost of emergency medical services, which covers routine care for emergencies such as cardiac emergencies, strokes, injuries, and pneumonia.
It ranked seventh for the number of hospital admissions and fourth for the total number of people being treated in the system.