Health Care Index – India lags behind China,Nepal,Bangladesh
India needs to improve a lot when it comes to Health Care. Though India is one of the most preferred destination for Medical Tour/Holiday by the westerners for its affordable treatment, when it comes to its own index, it lags behind its neighbours namely China, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.
According to the Global Burden of Disease Study published in the medical journal The Lancet, India could manage to secure 154th position among 195 in the field of healthcare index. The respite however comes from the access and quality Index where it now figures with 44.8 in 2015 which is a jump of 30.7 recorded in 1990.
Srilanka leads with 72.8 followed by Bhutan at 52.7 and then by Bangladesh at 51.7. Even Nepal has 50.8. Only Pakistan and Afghanistan lags behind us.
The HAQ index, based on death rates for 32 diseases that can be avoided or effectively treated with proper medical care, also tracked progress in each nation compared to the benchmark year of 1990.
Across the globe, Switzerland tops the health index followed by Sweden and Norway(Nordic nations). Srilanka ranked much above China at 73rd position. China secured 82nd spot. The performance of US and UK were a dampener in this sector, surprisingly.
India has performed poorly in tackling cases of tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases and rheumatic heart diseases. and has been listed among the biggest underachievers in Asia in health care access.