Three in four people think govt hospitals are corrupt: Report

Three in four people think corruption is rampant in government hospitals and more than one in two wouldn’t go to a government hospital at all
LocalCircles— a citizen engagement platform, conducted a set of polls to understand the perception the citizens have of the government hospitals in India. The polls received more than 32,000 votes.(HT File Photo)
LocalCircles— a citizen engagement platform, conducted a set of polls to understand the perception the citizens have of the government hospitals in India. The polls received more than 32,000 votes.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2017 11:47 PM IST
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Three in four people think corruption is rampant in government hospitals and more than one in two wouldn’t go to a government hospital at all, a recent online survey has found.

Unlike many European countries, government-run hospitals in India are not the first choice for the patients’ due to their lethargic services and large crowds.

LocalCircles— a citizen engagement platform, conducted a set of polls to understand the perception the citizens have of the government hospitals in India. The polls received more than 32,000 votes.

A part of the poll asked people the primary reason why they went to government hospitals, and merely 15% said they trusted them more than private hospitals. Of those surveyed, 16% said they preferred a government hospital due to their low costs. However, a significantly large 65% said they do not go to government hospitals at all.

On being asked how things could be improved, 41% people said corruption can be reduced mostly by strengthening of the state government’s anti-corruption unit, 18% said that it could be done by privatising public hospitals, 29% said making electronic procurement for supplies mandatory could help and 12% were unsure about the solutions.

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    Rhythma Kaul works as an assistant editor at Hindustan Times. She covers health and related topics, including ministry of health and family welfare, government of India.

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