Healthcare Around The World #6: India

According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, “India has emerged as the fastest growing major economy in the world” and its population has followed, becoming the second most populated country as of 2016. However, its healthcare system is not keeping up with the huge growth in recent years, as many people find it difficult to get access to care. How can a healthcare system accommodate such a rapidly growing population affordably and effectively?

 

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To at least some degree, we are all aware of the dynamics around healthcare in the United States, centering around the struggles to make services affordable, ensuring equal access to care, and juggling the politics of party-line views between private and federally-sponsored healthcare (with everything along the middle of that spectrum). But how do other countries around the world offer healthcare to its people? Can their models provide us with some insight into how to modify our system to make it better?

 

Over the course of the next several articles, we will be viewing some interesting clips on the general model of healthcare in select countries across the globe. While this sampling is in no way representative of all possible models out there, it undoubtedly provides us with intriguing information to ponder.

 

Also, a disclaimer before we start. Some of the videos may be presenting biased opinions about the superiority of certain healthcare systems. My intention is to simply deliver the information without advocating for any particular viewpoint.

 

6. India

As shown in the video below, the Indian healthcare scenario presents with rural communities suffering from a significant shortage of providers working through the government while urban environments proliferate with top-notch services in the private sector. Drawing on my own experiences of having lived in India for 11 years, the large population, a shortage of physicians willing to work in far-away villages, and a lack of structure in the healthcare system contributes to many discrepancies seen in a country that produces unprecedented scientific advances yet has a significant segment of its population with lack of access to proper care.

 

 

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Yash Pandya is a science writer at The "Almost" Doctor's Channel. He is a rising third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Emergency Medicine with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Yash plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Fall 2016 with guaranteed admission. In addition to the usual humdrum of academic involvement, Yash loves to play Ping Pong, catch up on the latest "Big Bang Theory," and travel. Having lived in India for half his lifetime, Yash aspires to expand his horizons into international healthcare by practicing medicine globally.