05th February, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. Public health system has limitations in providing universal health coverage. Do you think that the private sector could help in bridging the gap? What other viable alternatives would you suggest? [12.5marks/2015/GS-2] 200 words.

Please write answer in the comments section.

  • Kamlesh Twari

    1.The private sector can contribute to public health with its resources, expertise, and innovation.
    2.Knowledge of product delivery, research and development, and manufacturing and supply can be translated to public health interventions.
    3.Particularly in the realm of pharmaceuticals and vaccines, corporations are needed to create products that enhance public health, and public-private partnerships can be utilized to distribute those commodities and improve access for millions.
    4.Further, the public sector can leverage the expertise of private sector to fill in their own gaps. For example, the public sector can make improvements in access to health products by examining the supply chain and distribution networks of the private sector and devising ways to apply those same systems to the delivery of medical commodities.
    Other viable alternatives:
    5.Indian public spending is 33% of the GDP, of which only 4% is spent on health care. This should be increased.
    6.More medical and nursing schools will need to be set up and millions more basic health workers will be required, particularly in villages.
    7.Out-of-pocket spending on medicine has gone up in India. So, the government should purchase drugs in bulk and provide medicines for free to patients.

    • http://shashidthakur.com/ Shashi Thakur

      nicely arranged points and also within word limit. keep it up.