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Report on Denial of Healthcare and Status of Primary Health Care System in Maharashtra – presentation on behalf of Jan Aarogya Abhiyan -

A total of six people’s health tribunals have been conducted, in the period of January to November 2004 in various part of Maharashtra. Several districts and regions covered during the study such as –Nandurbar, Thane, South Maharashtra, Marathwada; urban Jan sunwai in Mumbai. A common format for information collection developed through a collaborative process, and used across the state. Issues varied from region to region – health issues of tribal people, HIV/AIDS affected persons, women’s lack of access, non-functioning of rural health services. In this study, over 40 organisations involved across 62 blocks of 18 districts of Maharashtra, using a common checklist and total of 63 cases of various types of denial of health care in public health system was documented in this period while data from total 144 PHCs and 19 rural hospitals was collected by various organisations across Maharashtra.

Summary analysis of cases of denial of health care

In almost one-third (29%) of the cases the denial of health care resulted in death of the patient.

In another nearly one-fourth of cases (22%) the denial has resulted in physical damage or continuing health problem.

In another one-fourth (25%) of cases the denial of health care resulted in severe financial loss.      

Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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