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Title:
AN OVERVIEW OF BARRIERS TO PUBLIC HEALTHCARE ACCESS IN INDIA

Authors:
Riddhi Jhunjhunwala

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Riddhi Jhunjhunwala
The British School, New Delhi

MLA 8
Jhunjhunwala, Riddhi. "AN OVERVIEW OF BARRIERS TO PUBLIC HEALTHCARE ACCESS IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 12, Dec. 2019, pp. 7402-7409, ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=565. Accessed Dec. 2019.
APA
Jhunjhunwala, R. (2019, December). AN OVERVIEW OF BARRIERS TO PUBLIC HEALTHCARE ACCESS IN INDIA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(12), 7402-7409. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=565
Chicago
Jhunjhunwala, Riddhi. "AN OVERVIEW OF BARRIERS TO PUBLIC HEALTHCARE ACCESS IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 12 (December 2019), 7402-7409. Accessed December, 2019. ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=565.

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Abstract:
The Government of India claims to provide free healthcare to all citizens who lie below the poverty line through public hospitals. This paper has analyzed the barriers that prevent access to certain communities to public healthcare. It has been found that the stigma around the healthcare of women and the prevalence of caste discrimination in rural areas makes healthcare inaccessible to the most vulnerable communities. Even though intergroup disparities in health outcomes such as infant mortality, maternal mortality, nutritional status, and institutional delivery exist across India, they are more unfavorable towards caste minorities in states including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Given that private healthcare continues to be unaffordable for these groups in India, there is an urgent need to make public healthcare more accessible and conducive. Lastly, this paper provides policy recommendations on making public healthcare more accessible to oppressed groups, centered around greater inclusion of oppressed castes in the medical workforce and an enhanced focus on social inclusion in public health initiatives.