Politics · Public health

Net Neutrality to ‘Health Neutrality’: It’s Time We got Serious about Universal Health Coverage

This article was carried by Scroll.in on Jan 20, 2016. Here is the link.

Below is an excerpt:

According to the World Health Organization, the right to health includes access to “timely, acceptable, and affordable healthcare of appropriate quality”. It’s an embarrassing truth for India that high medical expenses force more than six crore citizens into poverty every year.

What this tells us is that simply constructing a health centre does not amount to anything meaningful unless supplemented by quality services. And these provisions are insufficient if not complemented by affordability.

The core principle of net neutrality is treating all online content equally. Similarly, universal healthcare broadly means treating – in both medical and behavioural senses – all patients equally.

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