Health Equity in India—An Examination Through the Lens of Social Exclusion

Sanghmitra S Acharya
  • Journal of Social Inclusion Studies, June 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/2394481118774489

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What is it about?

India is one of the most unequal countries in the world. Therefore access to health care also varies from one social group to the other as it does from region to region. The present paper endeavous to understand the factors which influence access to health care by vulnerable groups, particularly Dalits.

Why is it important?

Given the state initiatives which have been take to improve access to health care on one hand and condition of the vulnerable groups particularly Dalits on the other, makes it imperative to understand why is there a gaps which persists in health outcomes as it does in access to services. This paper highlights some of these issues.


sanghmitra acharya
Jawaharlal Nehru University

This article gives an opportunity to question the probable initiatives of the state which are meant to improve the health of the people. Translation of these initiatives in the right perspective is dependent on the sensitivity of the policy makers; of the implementers and the grassroots level workers. The present paper locates the gaps and makes an attempt to suggest alternatives.

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