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The government spending US$ 13 on a person to keep them in good health for a year is making everyone sick, says Sri Lankan civil rights groups. The government spending US$ 13 on a person to keep them in good health for a year is making everyone sick, says Sri Lankan civil rights groups. “The budgetary allocation on public health services must increase,” says Dr Hemamal Jayawardena, Project Consultant to the Law and Society Trust – a civil and political rights body.

At the moment, according to the Ministry of Health, the government spends around US$ 13 per person, per year, on providing health services through the public health services network.

This is below the World Health Organisation’s minimum recommendation of US$ 15 to US$ 20.

Over the past decade government spend on public health was around 1.8 percent of GDP and now comes to around US$ 260 mn for 19 mn people.

Local non governmental organisations say the peanut spend is making everyone – the public, public health professionals and the public service delivery system – sick.

For instance a study on the National Hospitals showed that a doctor spends on average two