India is a country with a large population so it is very difficult to ensure the health of all. But health is very important for an individual, it not only ensures an individual well being but also the contribution to the economy (society). Reasonable healthcare is something that can be affordable and can access to all.

Health, however, nowadays has become something difficult to achieve because of many reasons such as the expensiveness. Although government with their new policies and participation of citizens, always try to get qualitative healthcare. Private and public both the sectors provide their best services to achieve patient’s health but sometimes, they are not affordable. In comparison with urban areas, the situation of lack of reasonable healthcare is more in rural areas.

However, we cannot avoid urban areas also. According to a recent article of Neetu Chandra Sharma published on 31 January 2020 states that in comparison with global data India has one of the lowest spendings on healthcare (source: Live Mint). Lack of reasonable healthcare affects the children who live in underprivileged circumstances. They have to suffer from birth as their mothers also gave birth without any health facilities.

The better option for ensuring health is life insurance which is affordable and helps in times of need. The term affordability describes the lowest price. The government also launched many new schemes to provide health insurance at a very low cost. 

Here are some current statistics about the lack of reasonable health in India:

  • According to a report updated on march 2020, the government proposes to provide an insurance cover of 50 lakh per person to frontline health workers- sanitation, paramedics, and nurses. (Economics Times)
  • Around 190 young women die out of 100,000 live births and about 40 children die on the day they are borne out of every 1,000 live births in India only because of inadequate safety measures and facilities. (Health care in India- review of National health policy draft 2015)
  • According to a recent article by Neetu Chandra, the current spending of India on healthcare remains 1.6% of the GDP. (Live Mint)
  • India has roughly 20 health workers per 10,000 population, with 31% of the workforce include allopathy doctors, 30% nurses, 11% pharmacists, 9% Ayush practitioners, and 9% others. (census 2011)
  • India’s six states revealed that many of the primary health centers (PHCs) lacked basic infrastructural facilities such as beds, wards, toilets, drinking water facilities, clean labor rooms for delivery and electricity. (census 2012)
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In India, not only our government initiative but also our participation can ensure to achieve the goal of reasonable healthcare. By spreading awareness about health insurance and facilities, accessibility of people to it, the staff to take care of patients or sick people, affordability so that everyone can have it, and taking accountability to people or responsible for the activities, many can be helped. From the past years, India has been trying its best to ensure the health of its citizens. It is our responsibility to come forward to spread awareness and to take initiatives for a healthy future of our nation. As a citizen, our health is our right and others health is our responsibility.

-By Jyoti Lodhi

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