So Where is Healthcare in India?

Hello friends!! I am really excited to see that you have returned for another round of medical diversity. This blogs topic is India and how they see the healthcare system. There is surely a lot of things to learn this time around. I hope you enjoy!

Where it all Started

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.

Mark Twain

As seen in the pervious two post, no matter where you go in the world there is always traditions that are the basis of what we know in the present day. When looking back on the start of the medical system in India, it is first seen in ancient Vedas as well as other scriptures. This dates back to anywhere between 2500 BC to 500BC. It is insane to think that even a little thought was given to creating the healthcare system that long ago. It makes you wonder how far we have come and if there was anything that America could have learned from other cultures that would have put us into a further advancement. India developed this concept of Ayurveda, which has the literal meaning of the “science of life”. The India population was very focused on the man and the illness that is associated with him when it came to their traditional healthcare system. This I’m sure is similar to what we would see today in the healthcare system no matter what country or culture you would be in. Being healthy is viewed as being well maintained and well balanced person. It gives you a very zen kind of vibe, doesn’t it? With all of this being said the India culture always heeds warning to the use of their traditional medicine and remedies. It requires the person’s full involvement in order for it to work. It can’t be used as a last resort, one time use kind of thing.

Furthermore on this whole idea of traditional healthcare in India comes the medicine and remedies that they constantly used. Like many other cultures, India used a wide range of medicinal plants in their newly developing medical communities. It is interesting the more that we go on we find such similarities in countries/cultures that are typically found hundreds, even thousands of miles apart. Talk about rumors spreading like wild fire. Maybe that’s how the basis of healthcare and medicine became so similar throughout various cultures. India is the leading developer of medicinal plants to this day so it is easy to say that they heavily relied on medicinal plants to give them any and all treatment to illness when their medical system was beginning.

Where it is Today

“In the digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that was hard to imagine just a couple of decades ago.”

Narendra Modi

The healthcare system in India is very similar to that which you may find anywhere else. They had come a long way from where they have began thousands of years ago. In today’s age, India is one of the most popular medical destinations because of their high quality hospitals and medical equipment while keeping a relatively low cost. India is often the place to travel internationally to receive medical care that won’t leave you in debt for the rest of your life. Personally, if I had an illness that required me to need expensive treatment I don’t think I would travel to another country to get that same treatment at a lower cost. To me that seems like it would worse the condition I was already in and put me at risk for a million more things that if I were to stay in American to receive the treatment. The main reason why healthcare is at such a low cost in India is because they passed the National Health Policy in 1983 which had the goal of giving universal healthcare coverage.

The way that India looks at their healthcare system across the country is by states. This helps them spread their resources as evenly as they can. In modern healthcare in India there is the standard imaging systems and medications that are used universally across the world. There is not much of a difference in the way that healthcare is set up in India when compared to America. The main difference is the cost. Like stated before, it is interesting to be able to start making connection in the healthcare systems across different cultures/countries. It makes you think of just how good we have it here in America. I understand that there may be flaws but that is anywhere you may go. There is not such thing as a perfect society and definently no such thing as a perfect healthcare system. There is always a development of some sort in order to make it better.

India and America as One?

“Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

Since the healthcare system in India is very similar to America I will focus more on a common problem that both of these countries have. The space that these countries occupy can be spread out very thin in some places, even with the growing population. With that being said, sometimes not all of the benefits that healthcare can offer is getting to each and every one of these individuals in very rural areas. In America, we see some of the rural areas of the country suffering from lack of medical care especially in cases where a specialist is needed. Due to these resources not being readily accessible, individuals are going longer until they go to the doctors and by the time they go it is often too late to intervene with any medical treatments. Hospitals often go without funding that is necessary for advanced treatment so they are moving the big money making patients to hospitals that are equipped for their condition. This leads them to being forced to close which further hinders the resources in rural areas.

India is also struck with this same problem. Some areas of the country are in the same status as America. India, however, has a plan in place to try and reverse these effects on rural areas. There main way to help is by the establishment of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005. This is something that the government in India put in place so that poor states who have bad healthcare are able to get the resources that they need. This is a good policy that is put in place because it entails that no matter where one lives they have the right to access any healthcare systems that they may need. Even though the mission has been put in place there is still parts of India that go with little to no healthcare resources or have the travel far in order to receive what is needed.

It is enlightening to see that countries which have such expensive medical advancements still have issues as little as make sure their people have the healthcare resources that they deserve. Hearing situations like this make you wonder when there will ever be a point of true equality across every aspect of a country. This just goes to show how there are not only problems unique to America but relatable in other cultures and countries. Maybe one day we can see a time that India and America take advice from one another and solve this common problem. Do you think there will be a point that cultures, or even countries, will come together to solve similar problems? Ponder on that a bit. Until next time my friends!

“He who experiences unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks everything with an impartial eye.”

Buddha

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