All conversations surrounding healthcare on the planet today are set either in terms of its universality and therefore the responsibility of the State, or a capitalistic endeavor that competes with all other sectors. The WHO has a broad definition for universal healthcare, referring to national policies that cover a variety of aspects like primary care, end-stage care, improved access, reducing financial risks, and generally improved health outcomes. Though national policies usually define the extent and scope of such services, private sector has a substantial role to play. While I shall stay away from arguing the benefits of healthcare’s universality as defined in terms of a social compact (which would indeed require healthcare to be the State’s responsibility), public policies surrounding this in the developing world are mired in substantial issues.
30 Aug 2016