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Sunday, July 10, 2011

INDIAN HEALTH SCENARIO: Gigantic inequalities in access to healthcare: Amartya Sen!

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Staff Reporter / The Hindu / KOLKATA, July 10, 2011.

WHEN THE SENS MET: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen with human rights activist
Binayak Sen at a function in Kolkata on Saturday. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish
WHEN THE SENS MET: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen with human rights activist Binayak Sen at a function in Kolkata on Saturday. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish - The Hindu.

Advanced medical facilities in cities mushroom as healthcare available in villages languish.
There are gigantic inequalities in access to healthcare, which are also a contributor to poor health, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said here on Saturday.
Professor Sen also referred to the work done by human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen among tribals in India as an indicator of the vast inequalities present.
“There is gigantic inequality and one of the things that we have been arguing about is that inequality is not only bad distribution of the overall health benefits, but it also reduces the overall health benefit,” Professor Sen said at an event organised by Pratichi Institute, the research arm of the Pratichi (India) Trust, which was set up with the Nobel Prize money of the renowned economist.

True and those who dare to provide healthcare services to the downtrodden are locked up in jails under 'sedition laws'!

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