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20% households in India became poor due to mental health expense

Mental health expense India; A recent research paper has highlighted that as many as 20% of households in India become poor

By Ground Report
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20% households in India became poor after mental health expense

A recent research paper has highlighted that as many as 20% of households in India become poor as a result of spending money on treatment for mental illnesses.

The study found that 18.1% of a household’s monthly consumption expenditure was spent on healthcare due to the mental illness of a member. States like Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim reported higher healthcare burdens due to mental illness than the national average for India.

In contrast, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Puducherry reported lower healthcare burdens. The paper stressed the need for early diagnosis and management of mental illness in India to reduce its poverty impact.

States and UTs with Higher healthcare burden

States/UT Higher healthcare burden
Daman and Diu 19.4 per cent
Himachal Pradesh 18.0 per cent
Sikkim  17.4 per cent
Lakshadweep  14.6 per cent
Maharashtra  13.7 per cent
Telangana  13.3 per cent
Punjab  12.7 per cent
Uttarakhand  12.5 per cent

Burden of Mental Illness in India

The study aimed to shed light on the burden of mental illness in India and the gaps in mental health care. He stressed the need for financial risk protection policies for those affected by mental illness.

Study analyzed data from round 76 of the National Sample Survey and estimated out-of-pocket spending (OOPE) and catastrophic health spending (CHE) due to mental illness.

The study found that the majority of people with mental illness in low- and middle-income countries do not receive medical care, leading to chronicity, suffering, and higher costs of care.

The study also highlighted that mental health disorders account for a significant part of the disease burden globally and in LMICs, but receive less than one percent of many countries' health budgets.

States and UTs with the lowest healthcare burden

States/UT Lowest healthcare burden
Mizoram  0.5 per cent
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1.2 per cent
Puducherry  1.7 per cent
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 2.0 per cent
Arunachal Pradesh 3.0 per cent
Nagaland  3.5 per cent

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