Poor infrastructure prime barrier for healthcare: Study

New Delhi: Lack of proper infrastructure is the foremost barrier to healthcare access, a new study says.

According to the study conducted by Pune-based DY Patil Medical College and voluntary group India Health Progress, nearly 58 percent of the respondents consider poor infrastructure to be the main barrier in accessing healthcare facilities in the country.

"Inadequate buildings, equipment and instruments and irregular staff are some of the barriers that restrict people from getting basic healthcare," the study said.

"Of the total respondents in the survey, only 31 percent expressed inability to seek treatment in the past six months due to financial constraints," it stated.

Over 80 percent respondents did not have access to health insurance cover.

A total of 3,424 people of all age groups were surveyed in the urban slums of Pune and surrounding rural areas.