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This study is an attempt to examine the treatment seeking behavior of ailing aged from various diseases and utilisation of government and private health care facilities in India by using NSS 60th round survey data (January - June 2004). It also studies untreated ailments of aged with reasons for non-receiving of medical treatment. It shows that the percentage of treated illnesses was a little lower among aged as compare to India as a whole. As expected the proportion of treated illnesses was higher in urban areas than rural areas. Aged people in urban areas utilised more private health care facilities. While aged in rural areas show more reliance in government health care facilities. In case of aged treatment, about two times higher percentage of untreated illnesses was recorded in rural areas as compared to their urban counterparts. The major reasons for not receiving any medical treatment for aged illnesses were noted that the ailments not considered serious and financial incapacity.

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