Medicine is only the fifth most expensive non-food item for urban India. After house rent, it is education, electricity and petrol that cost the most.
For rural India, it is not only non-institutional medicine (that is, medicine cost incurred without hospitalisation) but also institutional medicine that comes at a high cost. Rural India spends Rs 24 a day on their phones, while urban India spends nearly 1.5 times more (Rs 59).
When it comes to food expenditure, the most expensive item for both urban and rural India is milk.
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