Human resource inequalities at the base of India's public health care system

Sasee Pallikadavath, Abhishek Singh, Reuben Ogollah, Tara Dean, W. Stones

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Abstract

This paper examines the extent of inequalities in human resource provision at India's Heath Sub-Centres (HSC) - first level of service provision in the public health system. ‘Within state' inequality explained about 71% and ‘between state’ inequality explained the remaining 29% of the overall inter-HSC inequality. The Northern states had a lower health worker share relative to the extent of their HSC provision. Contextual factors that contributed to ‘between’ and ‘within’ district inequalities were the percentages of villages connected with all-weather roads and having primary schools. Analysis demonstrates a policy and programming need to address ‘within State’ inequalities as a priority.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalHealth & Place
Volume23
Early online date22 May 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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