The number of patients seeking treatment dropped by 8.5 million from 50.8 million in 2016 to 42.3 million in 2017.
This, the Economic Survey 2018 says is partially due to the 2017 doctors and nurses strikes. The strikes had led to fewer numbers of patients visiting public health facilities.
There were 189,087 deaths recorded in hospitals in 2017 significantly the lowest in the last four years. This may indicate many people who could not afford alternative treatment during the strike period may have died at home.
In 2017, the survey shows some 232 employment related Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), including for health workers were registered compared to 128 in the previous year.