India at 154 behind B’desh, Nepal, China on health care index

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.

India’s score on the healthcare index may have improved, but we are still lagging behind in the control and management of diseases like tuberculosis, diabetes, rheumatic heart diseases and chronic kidney disease. However, India ranks above Pakistan, which has scored 43.

Meanwhile, the study shows that even among countries of similar development levels, there is wide variation in healthcare access and quality. For instance, China is far ahead of India, ranking at 82 with a score of 74 on the 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. China stood 82nd and Sri Lanka 73rd.

While the global HAQ Index average rose from 40•7 in 1990 to 53•7 in 2015, researchers feel far less progress occurred in narrowing the gap between observed HAQ Index values and maximum levels achieved. The current and the future governments need to not only introspect, but also implement steps that bring quality healthcare within easy access of every Indian. Diabetes (38), Appendicitis (38) and Peptic ulcer disease (39) are other major area of concerns for India’s health department.

Over the years, the country has seen improvement in the healthcare index.

“Despite improvements in healthcare quality and access over 25 years, inequality between the best and worst performing countries has grown”, said Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and leader of a consortium of hundreds of contributing experts.

Globally, the index increased from 40.7 in 1990 to 53.7 in 2015.