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[Correspondence] India—small progress in health care, decline in rural service

It was disheartening to see that the Indian Health Authority’s plan to increase resources in the three-tier health system during 2005–15 remains only a promise.1 India is a predominantly rural country, with 70–80% of the population living in villages. Poverty and illiteracy are rampant, and most patients rely on government hospitals for health care.