#RightToHealth: Madhya Pradesh mulls law to ensure healthcare access to all

Soon, the health of every citizen living in Madhya Pradesh, India will be protected under a new law. The Madhya Pradesh government is considering to formulate legislation on #RightToHealth to ensure basic service to people. In order to deliberate on this, the state government of Madhya Pradesh will host a two-day conclave to chalk out the strategy and framework

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In India, healthcare services are still out of reach of the poor and needy. Tribal people can’t avail healthcare services as they are way expensive. As a result, thousands of poor people are left behind without the basic right of healthcare services.

With an aim to provide healthcare services to everyone, Madhya Pradesh government is considering to protect all citizens by law under the #RightToHealth. The vision of the state is to have lawful rights to health and healthcare services.

The fundamental objective of the law is everyone should have access to health services when and where they need without discrimination and financial hardship

In order to enact a comprehensive, implementable, attainable and sustainable framework of the law, the government has organised a two-day conclave #RightToHealth on November 1 and 2.

During the two-day event, health experts, doctors, and policymakers will deliberate on the issues of emerging health concerns and challenges to construct a robust framework of the right to health act.

While greeting citizens of Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of Diwali, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, had stated, “Unless the basic questions of the citizens are answered, the government cannot pass an exam. So, the government will soon bring the law #RightToHealth and #RightToWater to protect the health of each and every citizen.”

In the conclave, the experts will discuss issues like:

  • Policy framework towards the right based approach to health
  • Empowering and protecting medical professionals
  • Rights and responsibilities of stakeholder under the based approach to health
  • Financing options for #RightToHealth
  • Role of civil societies and local government bodies in materialising right to health

The state government aims that a whopping 1.8 crore people will be benefited once the act right to health is implemented in the state.

Dr Arun Malhotra, President, IMA Madhya Pradesh, informed, “Every citizen has a right to receive healthcare services. But, sadly, on the ground, this is not the case. The government has failed to provide basic healthcare services to the poor and needy people. So, the #RightToHealth act will help thousands of people.”

He added, “The Indian Medical Association always works towards ensuring that poor and needy receive health services. And if the state is enacting the act to protect the rights of the common citizens, then IMA will work with the government to ensure healthcare reaches all.”

Amulya Nidhi, Co-convener, Swashtha Adhikar Manch, Indore, said, “We have been demanding #RightToHealth for the past several years. Now, the government is considering enacting the act to provide health services to all, this is a welcome step. But, while forming the framework, the state should keep in mind the public health, so that more and more people will get benefited from this.”

Anant Bhan, a health researcher and past president of International Association of Bioethics tweeted, “The government has announced its intention to legislate the #RightToHealth in the state. The process has been in motion. We must wait and watch for the contours of this law.”