We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
India has to be one of the most complicated nations on earth. It is not really a nation except nominally. It's an antique empire with little except a corrupt, incompetent, and inertly-lazy bureaucracy to duct tape it together.
India's best bang for the buck investment for improving public health would be to increase coverage for potable water and sewage treatment. And, like you say, good nurses and paramedics.
From 1973 to 1990, Chile's rank in Life Expectancy for Latin America went from 8th to 3rd. From 1973 it went from 9th to 3rd in Infant Mortality in Latin America. Yet during this time its rank of 10th in Physicians per 1,000 inhabitants in Latin America did not change. Chile achieved this improvement by improving potable water and sewage treatment coverage, and by improving health care for the poorest- and by programs like nutritional assistance for the poorest children.
You've made reference to paramedics before, and you've always been laudatory about us. As a metro DC-area paramedic supervisor (32 years on the job), that really means a lot to me. Most people don't realize that--particularly over the last dozen years or so) paramedicine has truly grown into its own medical speciality. I also instruct at the college level, and I speak often about knowing your scope of practice and knowing when to seek advice from an ER doc. Thanks again; I always look forward to your posts, particularly about food.