Through implementing the National Health Protection Scheme, Ayushman Bharat, and its flagship program of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), India marched in 2018 on the road to achieving the United Nation’s one of the most important Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ensuring equal quality healthcare for everyone under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) objective. Since then, the scheme has helped more than 39 lakh people across the world, collected more than Rs 12,000 crore, and supported 500 million people with universal health coverage, which is around 40% of the country’s total population.
But the lockdown due to coronavirus and the temporary block of all the systems have blown away the already crumbling healthcare of India. The unhealthy doctor-patient ratio which was creating a strain on healthcare has now become a major national concern because we are losing doctors and healthcare workers to the coronavirus rapidly. One of the biggest worries of the government is inadequate and improper infrastructures, services, and management in rural healthcare. This will indeed lead to community transmission which will then result in an increasing number of cases of coronavirus and will require hundreds of beds at once. The lack of medical workforce and medical resources amid a global pandemic will be the reason for the crumbling healthcare of India.
Another barrier between overcoming the crisis is the mismanagement, misinformation, and religious beliefs of people and the government that keeps them from quality healthcare. Everything in the country becomes the matter of religion which benefits spiritual leaders and quacks for healthcare solutions.
Therefore, Mismanagement of available resources, systemic corruption at different levels, illiberal policies and regulations, lower welfare spending, and inadequate and insufficient funding to reform the current healthcare system are all main problems facing the government that can impede India’s determination to prove healthcare to all citizens.