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Health Inequalities in India: The Axes of Stratification
Authors: Subramanian, S V; Ackerson, Leland K.; Subramanyam, Malavika A.; Sivaramakrishnan, Kavita
Source: Brown Journal of World Affairs, Spring/Summer2008, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p127-138, 12p
Topic(s): Health equity
Country: Asia
Published: 2008
Abstract: Abstract: In this article, the authors investigate the nature of health inequalities in India using groupings that have historical as well as social significance. The authors examine the extent to which health in India gets stratified along gender, caste, religion, education, wealth and urban-rural dimensions. They base their study on the nationally representative 1998-1999 Indian National Family Health Survey (INFHS) data. They note that the assessment of independent and relative contribution is important both for understanding the etiology of the distribution of health in a population and for shaping policy.