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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-8

Right to healthcare: The way forward

Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

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Rafia F Peer
Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health - School of Social Sciences-II, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110 067
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.109929

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From the Bhore Committee Report of 1946 to the present Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2011, nothing much has changed in terms of health status in India. The overall health status continues to be dismal and disappointing. One factor that is mainly responsible for this state of affairs is that healthcare has not been realized as a right. If healthcare becomes a right, the state will become responsible and accountable to the people, for enhancing their health. If people are invoked into a sense of belonging to the health system and made to look at healthcare as their right, there is a strong possibility of a positive change in the overall health status of the people. The article looks at healthcare from the rights perspective and explores the methods in which it can be translated into reality. It tries to look at the moral basis of the right to healthcare. For healthcare to be achieved as a right, the state can no longer be a mute spectator of the predominant market forces dictating the healthcare delivery system. The article argues that translation of healthcare as a right is only possible if the state takes full responsibility to improve the health status of the people.

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