HALF OF the families in India do not usually seek health care from government health facilities and almost half of them do not do so because of “poor quality of care” at public hospitals, according to findings of the National Family Health Survey-5, which were released by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya last week.

The survey report shows that the percentage of households that did not generally use a government health facility during 2019- 21 was 49.9%, which is lower than the 55.1% recorded in the previous round of NFHS in 2015-16 During 2019-21, the proportion of such households was highest in Bihar (80%), followed by Uttar Pradesh (75%).

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The lowest-less than 5%-was recorded in Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. While Uttar Pradesh saw a marginal decline in the proportion of families that did not generally use a government facility – from 80.1% in 2015-16 to 75% in 2019-21 – Bihar registered an increase from 77.6% to 80.2% during the same period.

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