A prescription for poverty
BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3370 (Published 20 June 2016)
Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3370
Re: A prescription for poverty
Government should help people in poverty for their better health care.
Poverty is not an excuse for people to have worst health care.
In Tamilnadu, India, about 70 percent of the population are living in rural areas. The government of Tamilnadu under the leadership of J. Jayalalithaa has provided a free cell phone for every ration card holder in her state.
With that, people anywhere in the state can dial a toll free number 104 and can have free consultation, guidance, and help for any health alignments. If patients are in need of any transport they can get free transport to hospitals by dialing the toll free 108 services.
Poor patients who need any major surgery or medical treatment can have free treatment under the Tamilnadu Chief minister's comprehensive health insurance scheme even in private hospitals in Tamilnadu.
So the government should support the free health care service to people in poverty in rural and urban areas from primary to tertiary care. Health care facilities are for the betterment of poor people 's health.
Competing interests: No competing interests
23 June 2016
M A Aleem
A M Hakkim
ABC Hospital .Apollo Hospital
Annamalainagar Trichy 620018 .Apollo Hospital Trichy 620010. Apollo Clinic Thillainagar Trichy 620018