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State sponsored medical care

Posted Aug 23 2008 10:48pm
In India, the state does not provide medical care for citizens. Many countries do.

I have seen 2 known people die because they did not have the money for dialysis. This is a shame.

In a country like ours where the population is so huge, is state sponsored medical care really an option? It all depends on what the priorities of the government are. It really requires the issue to be thought through. For instance, which is more important - education or health care? I would of course say it is health care. If you are not alive, what will an education do for you? I'm sure opinions will vary though.

Treatments like dialysis are really quite expensive and not everyone can afford them. Should we allow people to die because of this? I know a few organizations that offer subsidized dialysis. This might be a good start but the reach of these organizations is minuscule.

I recently heard of a government scheme called 'Rajiv Arogyasree'. Now, I don't know the details about this scheme but I have learned that many people have been able to get a transplant because of this scheme.

Maybe we need to start somewhere and have some kind of scheme which is:

1. Government sponsored

2. Only for people who cannot afford medical care

3. For life threatening conditions

This can be gradually be expanded to make it more far reaching.

I do realize that the logistics of implementing even such a basic program are mind-numbing. But it is high time we made a small start in this regard.
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