Appeal from the citizens of India to improve Public Health System

Appeal from the citizens of India to improve Public Health System

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Poona Citizen Doctor Forum started this petition to Minister of Finance and

To,

Minister of Finance

Minister of Health and Family Welfare

Prime Minister's Office

Government of India

 

Minister of Finance
Minister of Health and Family welfare
Government of India

Appeal from the citizens of India:

COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inadequacies of the existing healthcare
system in India. There is an urgent need to increase spending on public health
which will not only prepare the nation to face future calamities, but also build
a healthy and strong citizenry which is essential for financial prosperity.
In the light of the above, we appeal to the government to take immediate steps
to implement the report submitted by the High-level expert group appointed
by the planning commission of India in 2012 for equitable access to good
quality healthcare to every citizen.
The report can be accessed here: rep_uhc0812.pdf (niti.gov.in)
Key features of the Universal Health Coverage recommended by the
committee are:
1. Allocation of 3% of GDP by tax financing.
2. Focus on disease prevention and promotion of healthy living
3. Every community (approximately 1,000 people) to be served by two full-
time community health workers - Asha (female) and Ashok (male)
4. Increase in the number of doctors to one for every 1,000 people
5. Introduction of a Bachelor's degree course in rural health care
6. Totally free provision of medicines
The committee has also given the roadmap of how this can be achieved. Actual
health care is to be provided by expanded and improved public health care as
well as by the contracted private sector. Individuals will be free to directly seek
private health care if they choose and pay for it.

Initiated by the members of the Poona Citizen Doctor Forum

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