The commodification of healthcare system in India is at the root of the multitude of problems the system faces today. Comment. (15 Marks)

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  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/equitys-weak-pulse-and-commodified-medicine/article30601664.ece
  • In intro briefly explain what is implied in the word ‘commodification’.
  • In the main body, explain how the medical sector is being turned into a market and how limited the footprint of the government and lack of all-encompassing healthcare systems like NHS in the UK has wide implications for the healthcare system in India. Also, comment on the contribution of the private sector at the same time role of the private sector in the area as a business entity and implications of such conflicting motives for the system.
  • In conclusion, mention the need for the regulation and increasing the coverage of the public healthcare system.

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