“Health is wealth” or “Wealth is health”

“Health is wealth” or “Wealth is health”

Health has always been a prevailing subject in our society. Firstly, let us take a look at what health is! So, according to the definition provided by oxford dictionary, ‘health’ is the condition of the body and the degree to which it is free from illness or the state of being well.
We all are familiar with the old saying, “health is wealth” since our childhood. But, let us give it a thought that does this really hold good in today’s era? Well, I’m in a dilemma and I would like to share the reason behind it with everyone!

In the first place if we take a look at the growth rate of health issues in India, we can observe that it has tripled in the last decade. Cardiovascular diseases (heart diseases), brain diseases, cancer or kidney diseases were extremely rare but today they can be found in every next door. And along with these diseases the increment in the expenses of their treatment also goes hand in hand. And what grasps our attention is that these diseases are likely to be doubled by the year 2030.

But, does this population of sufferers get their treatment? The answer is “no”. The reason behind this is not incapability of doctors or under developed medical research in our country but the “scarcity of money”. Among the Indian population there are 84% people who do not have health insurances.

The gross domestic product that India spends on health has even dropped from 5% to 1% in the last five years. 70% of the Indian population seeks treatment from private hospitals where the expenses are four times more than the government hospitals. Now, the question arises that why are people doing so? The amazing medical treatment provided by India attracts people from overseas.

There are 60% inpatients whereas 80% outpatients which accounts for the over crowdedness of these hospitals. Another reason is the poor infrastructure and hygiene at the government hospitals. Major surgeries in the private hospitals cost in lakhs which is not a possibility to be met by a major population of sufferers hence resulting to their death.

The kemo therapies of cancer also range in thousands and the weekly haemodialysis treatment which is an extremely important therapy for chronic kidney disease patients ranges from Rs 2000-5000. Along with these come expensive drugs which are again necessary for treatment.

But, since a greater mass cannot afford such expensive treatments they result to their death. These expenses are dragging people to poverty. Hence, it will be appropriate to say that today; “wealth is health”, as the healthy life of a person is depending on the amount that they can spend on their treatment.

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