Kolkata: July 10, 2011
There are gigantic inequalities in access to healthcare, which are also a contributor to poor health, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said at a Kolkata ceremony on Saturday. Professor Sen also referred to the work done by human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen among tribals in India as an indicator of the vast inequalities present. He was responding to a question on the mushrooming of advanced medical facilities in our cities even as the healthcare in villages is found wanting. “I am not one of those who argue that one must not allow highly expensive and good hospitals to come up. The political reasoning is from the other end, namely, what can we do for those who are most underserved in terms of medical benefits,” he said.
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