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The Health Care System in India

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The Medical College of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics Academy of Medical Sciences; Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(4):634-635. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-93-4-634
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The people of India are an ancient people, but the nation is a relatively new, evolving, developing country, still in transformation, having become a fully independent and united country only in 1947. India has a large area, one third that of the United States, but is inhabited by three times the population, about 640 million people. India comprises states and union territories with different languages, customs, and cultures. The states have a great deal of autonomy in the Indian government, notably in health services administration, with support and assistance from the central government.

India's health problems relate closely to the


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