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Indians Already Ravaged By Virus Now Slammed With Medical Debt

June 10, 2021, 1:31 PM

In the shadows of the Taj Mahal, shoemaker Shyambabu Nigam worked for years to save enough money to buy his wife Anju a small house with a view of the iconic 17th century mausoleum. Yet in just a matter of months, they were forced to give it up.

After Anju fell seriously ill with Covid-19 last year, the couple turned to a mix of subsidized government hospitals and more expensive private clinics to treat the illness and pay for two open-heart surgeries that followed. The total costs amounted to more than 600,000 rupees ($8,230) — roughly six times Nigam’s annual ...

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