Affordable healthcare is a fundamental right too

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Success of Ayushman Bharat depends on both individuals and the government

New Delhi, 08 October 2018: Recently, India witnessed the launch of two pillars in healthcare: the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY): Ayushman Bharat (AB) and the National Health Protection Mission (NHPM). Universal access to healthcare is being accorded priority like never before and is a part of political debates and discussions as well. Using technology and innovation as the drivers, the scaleable and inter-operable IT platform being readied for the Ayushman Bharat is massive in nature.

Wellness is the combination of a healthy mind, body, and soul — and not each one of them in isolation. It is around this concept that the Indian wellness industry seems to be weaving itself today and will only continue to expand in the years to come. Be it wearable devices that help you keep track of your vitals, customized diet plans to help you manage or lose weight, or yoga and naturopathy-based solutions, there is no one-size-fits-all.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Health is already a fundamental right under Article 21 of the constitution of India and improvement of the public health is a primary duty of the government under Article 47, under the Directive Principles of State Policy, based on the means available, which mandates the government ‘to raise the level of nutrition and the standard of living and to improve public health’. And, if the required means are not available, the state government can then mandate all private hospitals to enroll under this scheme. Time has come for universal health coverage and to make quality health care ‘available’, ‘accessible’, ‘affordable’ to all and also ‘accountable’. The Ayushman Bharat scheme is one step towards this end.”

Affordable healthcare is also the theme of the 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2018. The event will be held from 23rd to 27th October 2018 at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. Using entertainment as the approach, the mela will disseminate health education in an innovative way to over one lakh attendees.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “India is the future and it is going to be a leader in healthcare. We need to focus on universal healthcare, in an environment of mass inclusion, where 100% of the population is medically insured, and the government is taking consolidated measures in ensuring that. We need to talk about pre-modal and primary prevention and stress on healthcare management vis-a-vis universal lifestyle management”.

Some tips from HCFI

While we continue to demand better access to healthcare services for every Indian citizen, each of you has a responsibility to take care of yourself.

  • Develop Healthy Habits – Eat right, sleep right, exercise right
  • Everything in Moderation – Be it drinking, using the cell phone or even sitting in one place, remember to not overdo it
  • Ancient Wisdom – In addition to physical exercise, do Yoga and Meditation for your mental and spiritual wellbeing and maintain equilibrium. Allow your body to heal itself.
  • Periodic Check-up – Prevention is better than cure. Early detection of most health problems can help in correcting lifestyles to slow the degeneration process and lead a longer and healthier life.
  • Avoid smoking – Not only active smoking, but passive too is very harmful for the body. In addition, manage your blood cholesterol, blood pressure as well as diabetes and maintain optimum weight. Limit your salt intake and drinking.
  • Our own body, mind and soul are within our limited control. Let’s do what it takes to keep it fit till the government deems it fit to provide better care.