ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Healthcare and User Charges

A study to analyse the impact of a hike in user charge for healthcare services, and its subsequent withdrawal, in Kerala shows that a mere increase in the charge to generate resources does not achieve the goal of providing free medical care for the poor while charging the non-poor. Proper guidelines and an efficient system need to be put in place to identify poor patients.

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