It was always measly

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India embarked on its present path of economic liberalisation relatively late. The infamous Manmohan Singh budget of 1991 set the trend that was followed in the following decade and a half. Among other things, liberalisation involved savage cuts in budgetary support to the health sector. In the last 15 years there has been a fall, in real terms, in expenditure on health care both by the centre and the states