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Road Traffic Accidents and Injuries in India

High Spending on Hospitalised Treatment

Srinivas Goli (sirispeaks2u@gmail.com) teaches at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development and Mohammad Zahid Siddiqui (say2zahid.s@gmail.com) is a research scholar at the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Shruti (shrutibhu28@gmail.com) teaches at Ram Dayalu Singh College. Jitendra Gouda (jitushome@gmail.com) is with the Office of the Registrar General of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Road traffic fatalities constitute 16.6% of all deaths, making this the sixth leading cause of death in India, and a major contributor to socio-economic losses, the disability burden, and hospitalisation. An attempt to measure catastrophic levels of health expenditure on accidental injuries, road traffic accidents, and falls, finds that the burden of out-of-pocket expenditure is the highest for such injuries. The financial burden is particularly high for poorer households in rural areas, and those seeking treatment at private health facilities with no health insurance. Public health facilities for trauma care and health coverage for low-income groups could help these vulnerable households.

Road traffic fatalities constitute 16.6% of all deaths, making this the sixth leading cause of death in India, and a major contributor to socio-economic losses, the disability burden, and hospitalisation. An attempt to measure catastrophic levels of health expenditure on accidental injuries, road traffic accidents, and falls, finds that the burden of out-of-pocket expenditure is the highest for such injuries. The financial burden is particularly high for poorer households in rural areas, and those seeking treatment at private health facilities with no health insurance. Public health facilities for trauma care and health coverage for low-income groups could help these vulnerable households.

Updated On : 7th Apr, 2018

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