The healthcare promise

Syllabus: GS-I, Subject: Society and Social Justice, Topic: Social Sector-Health, Issue: Health care infrastructure

Context: Prioritize health care

Key issues:

  • Healthcare is often neglected in political discourse.
  • Current allocation falls short of expenditure target of 5% of GDP on health by 2025.
  • Low private sector participation in Ayushman Bharat scheme due to low reimbursement rates.
  • Infrastructure gaps in healthcare, especially in tier 2 and 3 cities.

The way ahead:

  • National priority status for healthcare in priority sector lending.
  • Strengthen primary healthcare through Health and Wellness Centers and OPD care.
  • Prevent Non-Communicable Diseases through primary healthcare interventions.
  • Healthcare is India’s fourth largest employer, offering potential for 4 crore jobs.
  • Political will to invest in healthcare will yield long-term dividends.
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