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No right more fundamental than right to health: NHRC chairman

‘Limited reach of the public health system and high cost of private treatment are points of concern. The progress in the health sector is very slow, impacted by a shortage of doctors, paramedical staff and ethical issues related to clinical drug trials, drug pricing and unnecessary surgeries,’ Balakrishnan said.

Inaugurating a two-day national conference here on ‘Health Care as a Human Right’, he said that the success of a public health system lay in easy accessibility, availability and affordability of treatment.

NHRC has taken a proactive approach on the issue of right to health and has consistently held the view that ensuring comprehensive healthcare for all was the responsibility of the state, Balakrishnan said.

‘The doctor-patient ratio in the country may not be good, as per statistics, but a doctor can be easily accessible in India... with a good doctor-patient ratio,’ Balakrishnan, the former SC Chief Justice, added.
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