Healthcare for Indian Women

Finally, although India has witnessed economic progress over the last two decades, the country is by and large poor. The economic liberalization and the attendant inflow of foreign capital had largely benefitted the upper strata of society to the exclusion of the rest. Hence there is great disparity in the distribution of wealth in Indian demography. This poses a big challenge for prospective healthcare providers as there is no one comprehensive solution. For private players who wish to enter the healthcare market the profit motive will override considerations of social equity. Hence total privatization of healthcare is not the ideal solution. On the other hand, public health organizations have proven inadequate in attending to the incessant healthcare needs of an expanding population. (Chatterjee, 2011, p.708)

As for looking for robust solutions to women’s health issues, India needs to look back on its own traditions. India is renowned all across the world for its spiritual richness. It is the country that gave birth to Buddhism and Yoga. Yet these two mind-body practices do not feature in the governmental health programs for women. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Many research studies have found the effectiveness of ancient traditions of Yoga and meditation. They are shown to enhance immune function, prevent injuries and expedite recuperative processes. So Yoga and meditation not only serve help prevent illnesses but also help recover quickly. Yet, it is shocking to learn that most Indian healthcare centers do not have facilities for performing these proven health aids. This is one area where all stakeholders will have to look into and remedy the situation.


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