Zee News and other outlets report a new global burden of disease study that shows India lagging well behind other Asian countries on key health parameters. Life expectancy at birth in India was 58.3 in 1990; it went up to 65.2 in 2010 but the comparable figures for Bangladesh were a jump from 58.9 to 69 years so the gap seems to be widening. China added almost six years (going from 69.3 to 75.7) despite appalling pollution-related illnesses and a growing toll from non-communicable diseases. India’s public health expenditure was about 1.2% of GDP in 2010 and overall health expenditure was under 4% of GDP. This puts India near the bottom of most global league tables.
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