India's Healthcare System Needs a Tweak in...

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Ethics Instead of Policy Change

According to World Health Organization’s 2000 World Health Report ranking India’s healthcare system at 112 out of 190 countries.

By Mahesh Vijapurkar

The National Health Policy has been cleared and the view persists that it falls short of the 2015 draft. The Indian Express says, while marshalling the fine details, that it “fails to make health a justiciable right in the way the Right to Education 2005 did for school education.” There would be justified debate which is healthy, for in India, the healthcare is nowhere even near the halfway mark to where it ought to be.

Aim is to raise public health expenditure to 2.5 percent of the GDP, but here is the catch – “in time-bound manner” as the Minister (Health), JP Nadda put it. Also, it “advocates” two-thirds or more of resources to primary care, ensure a ratio of two beds per 1,000 population spaced in a manner to reach them within the golden hour, proposes “free drugs, free diagnostics and free emergency and essential health care services in all public hospitals.”

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Vol. 12 - No. 3


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