In south India, even poor people use private health care more often than public health care. In addition, nearly 70% of poor people’s health care expenditure is on private health care. The research may be used to inform the Indian government on how to revise its poverty line. The poverty line is the amount of income below which a household is considered poor. The government wants to change the poverty line by taking account of rising health care costs.
Berg, E.; Durgam, R.; Manjula Ramachandra. India’s poor rely mainly on private health care. (2010)