The government’s expenditure only formed 27.1% of India’s Current Health Expenditure [...]. In comparison, Brazil was at 41.9%, the US at 50.2% and China at 56.7%.
This broken structure avalanched upon ordinary citizens during the Covid-19 crisis, when they had to seek treatment at private hospitals. In one instance, a patient was charged INR 373,000 (EUR 4,292 / 1 EUR = INR 86.91, October 20, 2020) for 10 days of hospitalization. Overall, basic treatment for Covid-19 costs INR 20-25,000 (EUR 230-287) a day, without ventilation support. Some private hospitals charge INR 25-50,000 (EUR 287-575) for ventilators each day. Other costs like room rent, equipment, monitoring, also add up. A Covid-19 bill amounts to INR 300,000 (EUR 3,451) a week to INR 1.6 million (EUR 18,409) a month!