Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources
2. The significance of public health has been widely acknowledged. Despite this recognition, the progress towards establishing a primary healthcare system centred on affordable and accessible public health has been sluggish. Could the fundamental right to healthcare be a solution to this issue? Critically examine. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Reference: Insights on India
Why the question:
The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the need to implement Health as a Right in India and its feasibility.
Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by giving a brief about health care in India and cite statistics to substantiate.
First, write about the various issues plaguing the health care system in India.
Next, mention the need for Right to Health that would promote the health of various weaker sections of the society and also boost economic development. Further link the benefits of better healthcare systems to that of various existing schemes like Ayushman Bharath.
Next, bring out the impediments to declare health care a Fundamental Right.
Conclude by highlighting that Right to Health is only a detailed interpretation of Right to life that is already a constitutional right.