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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

PLANNING COMMISSION: Make healthcare legal entitlement: Binayak!

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Human rights activist Binayak Sen, member of the Planning Commission's Steering Committee on Health. Photo: V.V. Krishnan
Human rights activist Binayak Sen, member of the Planning Commission's Steering Committee on Health. Photo: V.V. Krishnan - The Hindu.

Says National Health Act must be enacted for effective implementation of schemes.
Human rights activist Binayak Sen on Wednesday called for making healthcare a legal entitlement for all.
Speaking at the first meeting of the Steering Committee on Health, constituted by the Planning Commission to advise it on the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017), Dr. Sen said the proposed National Health Act must be enacted to ensure healthcare for all as in the absence of such legislation effective implementation of schemes was not possible.

The proposed Act would guarantee the right to comprehensive, quality healthcare at public expense in health institutions to all people.

Appreciating the recommendations of the high-level expert group on universal health coverage, Dr. Sen described it as “appropriate and something that recounted the aspirations of the people.” He, however, felt that nutrition needed to be given more focus and a separate working group on nutrition must be set up.

Need for more paramedics.............................................................................................

Not a bad idea, given the un-affordable Medicare available from both Corporate and Government Hospitals, nowadays!

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