Unnecessary Hysterectomies in India

A universal health insurance plan in Chhattisgarh, India, functioned as a cash cow for doctors and hospitals, with many local women paying the price, according to a report in Quartz, India.

The plan led to routine overcharging, unnecessary hysterectomies and other surgical procedures, and the deaths of 11 women last year in a sterilization camp from tainted medicine, according to the story.

“It’s women from these poor backgrounds—from slums in the cities who are not able to articulate their demands—that suffer,” said Binayak Sen, a doctor and activist who founded the Chhattisgarh-based health organization Jan Swasthya Sahyog. “You can forget about dignity.”
Quartz, India

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