Why is health insurance underestimated in India

India: The uterus has to go

It is one of rural India's best kept secrets, the myth of an evil in women's bodies that is supposed to be better removed: the uterus.

While a so-called hysterectomy is performed on an average of 2 out of 1,000 women in the west, in the whole of India it is 17 out of 1,000, in the western state of Maharashtra, the "Sugar Belt", even up to 350 out of 1,000 women: women are particularly affected the bottom box that cuts sugar cane - every year a good 750,000 women workers migrate to the fields of the sugar barons to harvest after the monsoons.

Many of these women have already given birth to several children, and for many menstruation is a burden from the hard work of cutting, bundling and loading the sugar cane over 12 hours a day in high heat. Unscrupulous doctors from private clinics quickly convince them of the necessity of the operation; they obviously do not explain the risks and side effects to their patients. As a rule, hysterectomies are not medically necessary. The women pay 250 to 500 euros for this, deducted from their starvation wages, because they do not have health insurance. They hardly have any time to recover after the operation. Most of them have to return to the sugar cane fields far too early to pay off their debts.

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