More than 60% of the rural poor in Krishnagiri do not trust government medical facilities, citing poor treatment, lack of resources and corruption, a study covering 26 clusters in the state has found.
Although the state scores high on most health indices, the study published in peer-reviewed journal Social Science and Medicine found that government facilities are not well perceived by people at the grassroots: Around 68% of the respondents said they would not consider seeking state healthcare services as they were “inappropriate” and “corrupt”.Around 48% mentioned long queues, insufficient staff and lack of resources as reason for the same. Private hospitals, the alternative, were not a favourite either: Around 93% reported high treatment cost at these facilities.
The study , covering around 1,700 people in four panchayats -Anchetty , Thaggatti, Madakkal and Urigam -of Krishnagiri district, was undertaken by a team from University of Guelph, Canada.
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