Health Care Around the World

Hey there! My name is Chandra Kusuma, and I’m 16 years old. I was born in India, and came to the United States when I was 6. I still go back to India every other summer. When people ask me what some differences of both the countries are, a few things come to mind, but health care definitely stands out. With personal experience and some research, I came up with a few significant differences such as public health, social solidarity, insurance, costs, examination, efficiency and medicines.


            One of the major differences would definitely be public health. Government run Indian hospitals and clinics are very poorly maintained. Very little attention is paid towards the provision of safe water and sanitation. India lags far behind developed nations in the public health arena, with clean drinking water, adequate nutrition, sanitation and access to health care being a continuous challenge. Which leads to costs and budget issues.  The Indian Government allocates about 4 to 5 % of its GDP for health care, which isn’t too much per person.


Another major difference would be insurance. In the United States it’s mandatory to get health insurance, and if you don’t, you would pay a fee. But in India its not mandatory, and 70% of the Indian population pays out of pocket for their medical expenses.


In India, doctors don’t spend too much time examining the patients compared to the United States. This leads to social solitary. Indian hospitals are very rude and rough in their behavior towards patients. Medicines are also very easily accessible in India, you don’t have to be prescribed to get medication, you could just ask for it behind the counter in most states. In conclusion India has much to learn and gain from the United States, but over time I believe health care systems will become much more advanced.