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3) There is an urgent need to establish an authority, on lines of TRAI, NGT, to curb the unethical practices prevalent in India’s private healthcare sector. Critically analyze.

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

3) There is an urgent need to establish an authority, on lines of TRAI, NGT, to curb the unethical practices prevalent in India’s private healthcare sector. Critically analyze. (250 Words)

Down to Earth

Down to Earth

Why this question

Healthcare is an important topic as far as UPSC exam is concerned. Health is the cornerstone of economic growth and given India’s dismal performance in providing quality healthcare to its citizens, there have been vociferous calls for overhauling the system. Various unethical practices are prevalent in private healthcare sector, which caters to more than 70% of the population. The question is directly related to GS-2 syllabus under the following heading; Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. It is also related to- Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources(GS-2).  

Key demand of the question

The question demands us to analyze unethical practices prevalent in India’s private healthcare and then form an opinion on, how establishing an authority on the lines of NGT, TRAI will help in curbing those practices.  

Directive word

Critically analyze- Besides analyzing how a central regulatory authority on lines of NGT, TRAI will help in regulating private healthcare, we also have to briefly discuss its limitations.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- In the introduction, cite data from credible sources which highlight the performance of India’s healthcare, role of private healthcare, prevalence of unethical practices in private healthcare.

Body- Divide the body of the answer into two parts. In one part, discuss unethical practices prevalent in private healthcare sector and how they can be prevented by creating a central regulatory authority on the lines of TRAI, NGT.

In the other part, briefly discuss in points, about the limitations of such a body.

Conclusion- You can conclude the answer by briefly suggesting some further measures to better regulate private healthcare in India.