Public retreat, private expenses and penury

At the GDN’s 13th Annual Conference unfolding in Budapest, Samik Chowdhury presented a paper investigating the gradual withdrawal of government from the provision of public services, and the resulting burden it has on urban households in the form of rising out of pocket expenses and health care.

This research entitled “Public retreat, private expenses and penury: Illness-induced impoverishment in urban India” studies different modalities across various income categories, household characteristics, religions backgrounds and social groups. The findings are quite alarming, as 6% of urban households were found to fall beyond poverty line, apart from health care payment.