(Magazine) Yojana Magazine: Issue October 2012

Yojana Magazine: Issue October 2012

India’s health sector is diverse and includes not just modern
medicine but also a range of traditional systems like Homeopathy, Ayurveda,
Unani. The overall government expenditure on health is rather low at around 1.2
percent of GDP. Communicable diseases continue to be a major public health
problem in India. There is also a rising incidence of non communicable diseases,
old age diseases and mental health. There is near consensus among experts that
the health sector in India is plagued by acute inequity in the form of unequal
access to basic health care across regions, inadequate availability of health
services and acute shortage of skilled man power. Most of the issues pertaining
to public health have been acknowledged by the policy makers and have
influencedthe formulation process of the 12th Five Year Plan. The Approach Paper
recognises the need to provide comprehensive health care with greater emphasis
on communicable diseases and preventive health care, need for upgradation of
rural health care services with districts as units for planning, training and
service provisioning and also the need for capital investment and bridging
crucial and severe human resources gaps.

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