Healthcare spending by federal and state governments increased by nearly Rs 194,000 crore between 2007 and 2012. Yet, targets of key indicators like infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR) were missed. And the child sex ratio declined alarmingly by 13 points as against a target to increase it by 8 points.
IndiaSpend earlier wrote about how under-funding and shortages of infrastructure and health personnel were responsible for poor health indicators. IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick now examines a most recent Planning Commission document to find that while spends have doubled over the last five years, none of the targets were met. Read more