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India’s Ambitious Health Care Plan Sparks Hope, Questions

From a small village in Uttar Pradesh, laborer Shavan Kumar, has brought his 38-year-old wife to a government-run hospital New Delhi to be treated for a heart condition. But he worries that the $500 loan he has taken will not cover the cost of her medical care; although the treatment is free, he has to pay for medicines, tests and their stay in the city.   “I am scared about how I will repay the money I have borrowed. What can a man working on daily wages do? It is in God’s hands,”...

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