‘Health is the basic right of every human being’

As India celebrated its 69th Republic Day, it is time to revisit some points enshrined in the Constitution of our country and those mentioned in the Directive Principles of State Policy. India will become a true Republic, the day its citizens are in good health

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Providing affordable healthcare is one of the ways to promote welfare. However, despite all these years, the challenge of translating into reality, the vision of accessible, affordable and equitable healthcare for all, remains.

Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate PastNational President Indian Medical Association (IMA)
Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate PastNational President Indian Medical Association (IMA)
  • Both quality and affordability need to be balanced, especially in a country like ours, which has one of the highest out of expenditures on health in the world.
  • Every hospital or health care establishment must try to improve and maximise quality within the resources that are available to them and with the best use of those resources.
  • Poor quality service indicates poor utilisation of resources. Public spending on health should increase in keeping with the country’s improved economic status. It is also important to revitalise India’s public health systems, which have been systematically under-funded and neglected over the past decades.
  • Apart from this, there is also a need to focus on the social determinants of health with renewed emphasis on the provision of clean water, sanitation, nutrition, housing, education and employment.

It is imperative that health professionals, animal healthcare professionals, environmentalists and agriculture professionals pledge to work collaboratively and develop solutions to various problems, which are increasing with each passing year – more so, because everything concerns health in some way, the health of Indian citizens.