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Chronic Disease in India: An Impending Economic Crisis and Evolving Resolve

Author:

Ali Mehdi

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Core 6A, 4th Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, IN
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  • Sixteen million died prematurely due to noncommunicable diseases (NCD)—3.4 million in India, the highest worldwide.
  • Financial commitments to NCD do not match the increasing political commitment.
  • India’s tax-to-gross domestic product ratio is lower than its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) counterparts and half of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) average.
  • Governments levy sin taxes to inhibit NCD risk factors and expand revenue base.
  • Revenue from sin taxes is usually not earmarked for health or NCD particularly.
How to Cite: Mehdi A. Chronic Disease in India: An Impending Economic Crisis and Evolving Resolve. Global Heart. 2016;11(4):417–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2016.10.006
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Published on 01 Dec 2016.

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