An in-depth discussion on the need for universal healthcare in India and the global community's role in establishing such a system.
# 151241 | 2,324 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 |
Published on May 30, 2012 in Asian Studies (General) , Economics (Globalization) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)
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This paper addresses the serious need for a universal healthcare coverage system in india which will provide all citizens with access to proper attention, treatment and resources. The paper considers the dire state of health in India and the prospects for change in light of the push for wider healthcare coverage on a global scale and the amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indian economy by private enterprisers. The paper examines the global community's thrust toward a philosophy and practice of universal healthcare and identifies the proposal of certain avenues to achieving this in India, such as the integration of telehealth solutions.
From the Paper:"Unfortunately, today there is severe imbalance between the economic progress experienced by the larger state of India and the continued stagnancy of the general population's status. Even as India grows stronger in terms of medical research and resource availability, this remains accessible only to those with the means to afford it. A lack of any national system subjects individual citizens to the costs of the healthcare system on the whole. As Rao (2006) reports, "public expenditure on health care today is a dismal 0.9% of GDP; the overwhelming majority of health costs are paid by patients out of pocket. For many, even minor illnesses can cause big financial setbacks, and hospitalisation is out of the question." (Rao, 1) The poor indicators for health discussed here throughout are particularly implicated here, with the understanding that the Indian government has willfully failed to positively impact the healthcare system and its severe limitations as an agency for the delivery of public health.
"That stated, there is today a most concerted effort at bringing India into line with the ambitions of the world community. Its policies see India moving toward the uptake of a universal healthcare system which seems to be emerging from the environment of heavy foreign investment elevating India's broader economic fortunes.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bahadur, A. (2005). 3rd India Health Summit - Universal Healthcare: India Challenges. International Health Economics Association. Online at http://www.healtheconomics.org/conferences/2005/11/21/3rd-india-health-summi.html
- CNN Health. (2008). WHO Slams Global Health Care, Calls for Universal Coverage. CNN.
- Dickenson Associates. (2006). Indian Banking & Financial Services. Private Equity Journal For India, 1(4). Online at <http://www.altassets.com/pdfs/IVCJ_india_pe_financial.pdf>.
- Krauss, C. (2006). Private Equity Market in India Set to More than Triple. Bain & Company. Online at < http://www.bain.com/bainweb/publications/in_the_news_detail.asp?id=25246&menu_url=for_the_media.asp>.
- Rao, A. (2006). Universal Care-Still Miles To Go. India Together. Online at http://www.indiatogether.org/2006/oct/hlt-nocare.htm
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