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How far do you agree with the view that access to healthcare needs to be recognized as an explicit fundamental right? Debate.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

3. How far do you agree with the view that access to healthcare needs to be recognized as an explicit fundamental right? Debate. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The editorial elaborates on why access to healthcare needs to be a fundamental right.

Key Demand of the question:

Present your viewpoint on the need to recognize access to healthcare as a fundamental right.

Directive:

Debate – Weigh up to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument by citing relevant research but also remember to point out any flaws and counter- arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you agree with the original proposition.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with importance access to healthcare in the current era across the world.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Discuss first what you understand by access to healthcare and explain its significance in the Indian context.

The constitutional right to health is critical to breaking discriminatory structures that will otherwise continue to perpetuate inequality in all spheres of life.

Explain in detail that the right to equality guaranteed under Article 15 upholds non-discrimination on the basis religion, race, caste, gender, place of birth, etc. However, the dismal investment in public health for decades has made healthcare a privilege available to a few. The constitutional right to health is critical to breaking discriminatory structures that will otherwise continue to perpetuate inequality in all spheres of life, including education, opportunity, wealth, and social mobility.

Conclusion:

Conclude that we need a fundamental shift in our approach to healthcare. Instead of viewing it as spending, we have to see it as a high-yield investment that can considerably cut down future out-of-pocket costs and also increase output.