Globally, healthcare access denied to 37 per cent patients

Thirty-seven per cent of tuberculosis (TB) patients across the globe are not able to access health services due to financial difficulties, Rudiger Krech, Director, Department of Ethics and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization, said here on Wednesday.

He was delivering the keynote address at the international consultation expert meeting on ‘Working together for the right to health’ and emphasised that the right was much more than right to healthcare services. Although the TB plan drafted by the World Health Assembly aimed to reduce the incidence by 5 to 6 per cent every year, he pointed out that the goal could not be met if the social conditions in each country were not considered. Citing this as the example, Dr. Krech pointed out the need to evolve a Right to Health and universalise health services.

Countries must ensure health services are available, accessible and are of good quality and evolve a model where all departments would work together.Asked about how emerging economies can tackle the effects of population explosion, he said: “Providing pension schemes will act as coping mechanisms in old age.” A. Ravindra, Adviser to the Chief Minister, said the government would extend its support in this regard and consider expansion of public health centres (PHCs) in rural areas. It would also aim to strengthen and provide specialised treatment in various areas of health.

  • Globally, healthcare access denied to 37 per cent patients

  • TB plan drafted by World Health Assembly aims to reduce the incidence by 5 to 6 p.c. every year