Health is wealth. Health and development are invariably inter-linked to one another. Despite its critical importance to individuals as well as the economy, the health sector, particularly in developing countries, is often neglected. In India, notwithstanding numerous and noteworthy initiatives taken by the government, it appears that benefits of healthcare have still not reached a large section of the population in an equitable manner. Adding to the concerns and debate is the emergence of the private health sector. While the same has been claimed to be efficient and thus beneficial, has its reach been equitable?
This volume focuses on the socio-economic inequities and the health sector in India. The contributors present insights and perspectives into diverse range of issues pertaining to healthcare. The areas dwelt on include:
• State of health in India.
• Economic impact of illnesses and HIV/AIDS on development.
• Medicalization and the creation of new disorders.
• Wellness in modern society.
• Contributory legislative negligence in healthcare.
• Socio-legal analysis of unethical practices in the medical profession.
• Social inclusiveness of the health sector.
• Role of public and private sectors in healthcare.
• E-counselling for health needs of adolescents.
• Ethical concerns.
• Disability and health inequalities.
This volume will be of great interest to academicians and those belonging to the medical profession. Considering its broad focus, it will be of interest also to researchers, students as well as the general public.
Savio P. Falleiro is an Associate Professor, Vice Principal and Head of the Department of Economics at Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim, Goa.
Afonso M. Botelho is an Associate Professor at Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim, Goa, where he is in-charge of the Department of Sociology.
Contributors: Omkar Bhatkar • Afonso M. Botelho • Adesh Chaturvedi • Saba V.M. Da Silva • Gladstone A. D’Costa • Christina De Souza • Savio P. Falleiro • Fatima Gomes • Prita D. Mallya • Mahesh Pai • Sujata Verma • P. S. Vivek