The close relationship between poverty and health has been
recognised in the Bhore Committee Report and the Alma Ata
declaration that investment in poverty elimination is
essential for improving health which in turn would
contribute to productivity and economic growth. Investment
in healthcare is also seen as a form of transfer of resources
to the underprivileged and therefore a form of poverty reduction. India also has one of the highest out-of-pocket
expenses in the world when it comes to meeting health
expenses as the public health system has several gaps.
The SDMC polyclinic is the public health facility that caters
to the >10000 population of Nizamuddin, the large floating
population and since its strengthening, the catchment has
increased to almost 15 kilometres.