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4) A Healthcare system without a foundation of primary care is a sure recipe for disaster. Discuss in the context of current Indian healthcare system. (250 words)

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health.

4) A Healthcare system without a foundation of primary care is a sure recipe for disaster. Discuss in the context of current Indian healthcare system. (250 words)

Indianexpress

Why this question:

The article provides for a detailed analysis of Healthcare system in India, it emphasizes on the importance of a robust Primary healthcare system.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the significance of robust Primary healthcare system as a basic necessity to run a successful healthcare system. The answer must evaluate the present conditions of Indian healthcare system, bring out the recent reforms like Insurance facilities, emphasis on tertiary care etc.

Directive:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly discuss  the current Healthcare system in India.

Body:

The discussion should have the following points :

  • What are the major problems of Health sector in India? – healthcare infrastructure, understaffed and under-financed, insufficient health care facilities in rural areas, India has one of the lowest per capita healthcare expenditures in the world. The high out-of-pocket expenses in India stem from the fact that majority of Indians do not have health insurance etc.
  • Discuss the primary health care system and its status in India, why is it important? Take hints from the article.
  • Provide for a comparison with steps taken by government , why and how they have failed due to lack of a standard primary healthcare system.
  • Suggest a way forward.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward and re-assert the significance of robust primary healthcare system.