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5) The 12th Five Year Plan targets a long-term goal of UHC where each individual would have assured access to a defined essential range of medicines and treatment at an affordable price, which would be entirely free for a large percentage of the population. In this regard, critically discuss what ‘universal’ healthcare means in the Indian context and what steps have been taken by governments to meet 12th plan’s target.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

5) The 12th Five Year Plan targets a long-term goal of UHC where each individual would have assured access to a defined essential range of medicines and treatment at an affordable price, which would be entirely free for a large percentage of the population. In this regard, critically discuss what ‘universal’ healthcare means in the Indian context and what steps have been taken by governments to meet 12th plan’s target. (200 Words)

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