Household social consumption in India: Health NSS 75th round

News:The National Statistical Office(NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has conducted the survey on Household Social Consumption related to Health.


About the survey:

  • The survey was conducted between July 2017 and June 2018.It was a part of the 75th round of National Sample Survey.
  • The main objective of the survey was to gather basic quantitative information on the health sector namely on morbidity, profile of ailments including their treatment, role of government and private facilities in providing healthcare, expenditure on medicines among others.

Key takeaways from the survey:

  • The survey has found that 14% of the rural population and 19% of the urban population had health expenditure coverage.
  • However,only 1% of urban population received health insurance from government health protection schemes.
  • In both rural and urban India, around 95% of ailments were treated by allopathy.
  • Average medical expenditure per hospitalisation case (excluding childbirth) in rural India is about Rs.16,676 and Rs.26,475 in urban India.
  • In rural areas about 90% childbirths were institutional (in Government or private hospitals) and in urban areas it was about 96%.
  • The immunisation among children aged 0-5 years is about 59% of boys and 60% of girls at all-India level.They had been fully immunised which means they have received all the prescribed vaccinations.

Additional information:

About NSO:

  • The National StatisticalOffice(NSO) was established in 1950 under Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI), Government of India.
  • NSO is headed by a Director General.It has been conducting nation-wide large scale sample surveys, employing scientific sampling methods to collect data on diverse economic aspects.
  • Recently,Government had proposed the merger of the National Sample Survey Office(NSSO) and Central Statistics Office (CSO) under National Statistical Office(NSO).
  • The objective of the merger is to streamline and strengthen the present nodal functions of the ministry and to bring in more synergy by integrating its administrative functions within the ministry.