Health and Productivity go together

Category : Editorial

Indian hospitals are equal to the best in the world and our education is also excellent. It is our fault that the best of students prefer BPO's and MNC's instead of our top universities. But the role of the

Governments- States and Centre, are minimal in these two fields. The role is not zero but the bare minimum.

We need many government hospitals and private hospitals too. Where there are not many government hospitals, persons have to seek the help of private hospitals. But in private hospitals, the present fee structures and medical expenses will make the middle class broke. Medical expenses are reimbursed by medical insurances. But the insurance money that is paid every year could be more than what a person could save in provident fund.

Our biggest challenges at present are in the field of education and health. The solutions for these problems are already there. We have to apply them. In any developed country, or developing socialist country, whether a person is rich or poor, admissions for education depend only on merit- for their own students. In socialist countries, education is not only free but paid for, by the government in the form of aid for hostel expenditure and extra money for books. We are basically capitalists in welfare schemes and socialists when dealing with industries. Let us reverse the system.

We need a strong economy like the most developed countries and good welfare schemes as in both capitalist as well as socialist countries because they are ultimately converging systems. A healthy body and a healthy mind is the index of development of any nation.


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