Impoverished Afghans shoulder health care burden

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By Rob Taylor

KABUL, April 17 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's government and foreign donors spend barely $10 a person on health, despite pointing to it as key to winning back support against a worsening insurgency that has dragged on for nearly a decade, a study said on Sunday.

The other $31 per person that makes up the country's meagre health spend comes from Afghans themselves, many of whom struggle to provide doctors and drug care for their families from the $426 per capita they earn each year.

"High expenses pose severe barriers to accessing healthcare, particularly for the rural poor. Catastrophic payments in particular can push households into debt," the study said.

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