Childbirth Still A Costly Affair In Rural Areas: NSO

The Hindu Business Line|November 27, 2019

Childbirth Still A Costly Affair In Rural Areas: NSO
For pregnant women, out-of-pocket expenses far exceed govt cash support

Women and children are the worst affected by the poor healthcare scenario in the country, says the latest National Statistics Office (NSO) report.

According to the report, the average expenditure that a rural woman incurs in a caesarean section delivery in a private set-up is ₹29,406. In government hospitals in rural areas, women end up paying ₹5,423 if they undergo a caesarean section, the report revealed.

Ideally, deliveries in government hospitals should be free of charge. However, patients and their families spend out of their own pockets for transport, drugs and so on.


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November 27, 2019