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India: The roots of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs

India: The roots of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs | Poverty Assigment_Fabian Chee | Scoop.it

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"Even moderately well-to-do people have become persistently poor.This is unfortunate, especially when we consider that the majority of these descents into poverty could have been prevented. Very little is being done, however, to address the problem of poverty creation."

 

"Restricting the flow of people into poverty requires investing in better – more affordable, accessible, and higher quality – healthcare. Becoming richer as a nation will not automatically resolve this problem."

 

It starts with healthcare A vast and growing body of work has started to show how the source of a great deal of poverty is inadequate healthcare. Several other factors are also associated with falling into poverty, but in terms of frequency and magnitude the effects of ill health and medical expenses predominate. Illhealth imposes a double burden on households – when high treatment costs go together with loss of earning power – and it has the biggest influence on becoming and remaining poor. Researchers who have studied these trends in different countries describe how, because of poverty neglect, a “medical poverty trap” is becoming ever more pervasive (see Whitehead, et al. 2001; Xu, et al. 2003; Zhao 2006). Millions of families are living only one illness away from poverty, and thousands more have become deeply indebted on account of burdensome healthcare costs. 60% of all families who fell into poverty in the Rajasthan communities we studied, 74% in Andhra Pradesh, and 88% in Gujarat experienced one or more catastrophic health episodes. Calculations by other researchers show how a stupendous number – amounting to 3.7% of the Indian population – is at risk of falling below the dollar-a-day threshold every year on account of healthcare expenses (EQUITAP 2005; Garg and Karan 2005).


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This article is related to the theme "health".This article talks about a stall-keeper,Gokalji,who suffered from an illness.as medical care in India is very expensive,his family could not afford to pay.a few years later,he died.And his family became heavily in debt.so,what can we do to help victims like Gokalji?we can help by donating money to the poor and giving medical supplies to those people in need.It is a challenging task to help those people in need,but together,we can help improve the lives of these people.

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Thaqiv Idraqie's curator insight, January 30, 2013 5:50 AM

From this article I learned how poverty can take its toll on people through many mediums. In this case, it was through healthcare. The inefficient and ineffective healthcare provided by India's ministry of health has caused the lives of some to change. In addition because of the medical industry lack of competence with modern day technology, they will tend to use aiding methods that are more pain-staking, thus more expensive.

This shows that if a country is under poverty, its people will suffer its toll. The effects of poverty are similar to that of a chain reaction. Poverty will affect the government to those industries to the workers and to the people, increasing in damage as it progresses through the stages. 

The article also provides ways in which the government is planning to counter these predicaments. It is via provision, insurance and regulation. Firstly it has to work with countries like Sweden,USA or other developed countries that have up to date medical treatments. From this the ministry of health in India would have more in depth knowledge to treat more complex illnesses effectively. Secondly, insurance refers to the availability servises. Knowing that India is a big pile of land with many different people, it is very important that the country has sufficient doctors to treat the population of illnesses. Lastly, regulation is the increased commercialization of medical services coupled with weak or absent regulation has resulted in a proliferation of fly-by-night operators, over-prescription, over-charging by private providers, spurious drugs, and other avoidable evils. Without taking account of these developments, it is hard to explain why the financial burden of healthcare costs has risen so sharply, especially among poorer and less literate people.

 

Jerone Taduran's curator insight, February 1, 2013 9:54 AM

A lot of family are pushed into penury when a member of the family or the learning member become ill and the medical cost is unbearable. Most of the time families have fixed income and no surplus money to save for emergency , most of them do not know about insurance nor they have capacity to pay the premium. I indeed pity the family of Chandbai, a 50-year-old woman who are suffering tremendously from lack of healthcare causing many illness and diseases to their family. Her husband, Gokalji, owned a shop in their town. But because of low healthcare, he became ill and had to give to shop to his brother while he lies down in his bed most of the time. Two years after the death of his husband, their daughter got married. It was sad to hear the story because of illness and diseases, he is not able to see his daughter climbing the steps of life, the reason why he was working everyday was to see his children succeed, now he cant do that. If the nation knows that there are a lof of people who are in need of help, dont just sit in your chair reading this article, do something actively and effortly to yourself and to the people who are in the state of poverty

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training | Poverty Assigment_Fabian Chee | Scoop.it
For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

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This article is related to the theme "education"this article states that it is hard many people in America to get into colleges as it is very expensive.many low-income family cannot afford.According to the article,a college degree is essential for getting a job in future.so,what can we do to help those low-income families?well,we can set up free tuition centres and private schools to help them.together,we can help those low-income families to get a better life.this is a challenge as there are many low-income families in America and there are also many people who are unemployed.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 6:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.

 

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Food shortages And Poverty in India - About Latest News And ...

Food shortages And Poverty in India - About Latest News And ... | Poverty Assigment_Fabian Chee | Scoop.it
Poverty in India is widespread, with the nation estimated to have a third of the world's poor. In 2010, World Bank stated, 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day (PPP) while ...
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This article is related to the theme "Food".This article talks about food shortages in India.It states that many people are poor in India and live with only less than US$2 a day.India is currently one of the poorest countries.many children are underweight and malnourished in India.so,what can we do to help?we can help them by donating money and not wasting food.together,we can help increase the condition in India.This can be a challenging task as the poverty rate in India is very high.

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Lee ZongHan's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:34 PM

This is my insight using the 4Cs, Connection, Poverty in India is widespread, with the nation estimated to have a third of the world's poor. In 2010, World Bank stated, 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day while 68.7% live on less than US$ 2 per day.

Concepts, food shortage, the world’s population could become all but vegetarian by the year 2050 because of water shortages and a spiralling population, scientists have warned. Nine hundred million people already go hungry and 2 billion people are malnourished in spite of the fact that per capita food production continues to increase. Changes, there have to be some change in the food shortage in India. India government have to create more jobs for the citizens in India so that they have enough money to buy foods. Challenges, India have lots of lands and the goverment could use those lands for farming. So that they will have enough foods.

Xuan Tay Yu's curator insight, February 1, 2013 4:52 AM

This is my insight on this article. The world is currently experiencing food shortages, and it could go worse by 2050. In India, so many people are poor, making the number reach a third of the wolrd's poor. If we do not do anything about it the food shortage, more people are going to suffer. Water shortage is also a problem, which causes animals to die out if the animals lack the water. If the animals die, we do not have meat to eat. This is a big problem because need the protein from the animals. 

Ong Yi An's curator insight, February 4, 2013 1:04 AM

While looking at the article, i realised that 8 Indian states have more poor people than 26 poorest African nations. The people there are suffering a hard time as they do not have food. From the picture, i can see that they all have a plate with them. Therefore i infer that they used the plate for begging people to give them food so that they could survive. I believed that the country was not so poor at first by as the economic rises, they could follow it. Therefore, they fell into despair and poverty. There are also some adults in the picture, i think that they maybe the parents of the children. They are poor, thus no money to effort birth control. Therefore, having many children. But being them to the world is also something difficult for them as they must get more food, more money to bring them up. The children will then have to suffer along. Not only the humans have to suffer, the animals have to suffer too. The cause of food shortages are because of the economics, environment and many more. 

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Richest 100 'could end poverty now' - Morning Star

Richest 100 'could end poverty now' - Morning Star | Poverty Assigment_Fabian Chee | Scoop.it

Oxfam said today that the world's 100 richest people could easily afford to end the hunger, thirst and basic illness of every person of Earth.

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This article is related to the theme "Asia".The article states that the world's 100 richest people could afford to end poverty using their money.If they were to do so,there would be a big change for the victims of poverty.there would be clean water,enough food,and health care for the victims of poverty.it might also be considered a challange to ensure that poverty is eradicated so that the victims would be able to live a happy life in future.

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Theodore Tan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:38 AM

Rich helping those people in poverty. They could have did it eariler to help much more people then doing it at a later stage.

Brandon Liu's curator insight, February 4, 2013 4:36 AM

they should have did it earlier so that the poor will not be suffering right now

Vion Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 4:42 AM

Reading this article, i realised that the gap between the very rich and the very poor is slowly increasing, so much so that only with the help of the top 100 richest people on earth, poverty can be easily settled worldwide. If these people would donate out a portion of their money to an area in need, I am very sure the situation in that area would improve tremendously and they would'nt really even miss their money. 

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India: The roots of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs

India: The roots of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs | Poverty Assigment_Fabian Chee | Scoop.it

LiveMint : Thoughtful and well-written viewpoint by Anirudh Krishna

 

"Even moderately well-to-do people have become persistently poor.This is unfortunate, especially when we consider that the majority of these descents into poverty could have been prevented. Very little is being done, however, to address the problem of poverty creation."

 

"Restricting the flow of people into poverty requires investing in better – more affordable, accessible, and higher quality – healthcare. Becoming richer as a nation will not automatically resolve this problem."

 

It starts with healthcare A vast and growing body of work has started to show how the source of a great deal of poverty is inadequate healthcare. Several other factors are also associated with falling into poverty, but in terms of frequency and magnitude the effects of ill health and medical expenses predominate. Illhealth imposes a double burden on households – when high treatment costs go together with loss of earning power – and it has the biggest influence on becoming and remaining poor. Researchers who have studied these trends in different countries describe how, because of poverty neglect, a “medical poverty trap” is becoming ever more pervasive (see Whitehead, et al. 2001; Xu, et al. 2003; Zhao 2006). Millions of families are living only one illness away from poverty, and thousands more have become deeply indebted on account of burdensome healthcare costs. 60% of all families who fell into poverty in the Rajasthan communities we studied, 74% in Andhra Pradesh, and 88% in Gujarat experienced one or more catastrophic health episodes. Calculations by other researchers show how a stupendous number – amounting to 3.7% of the Indian population – is at risk of falling below the dollar-a-day threshold every year on account of healthcare expenses (EQUITAP 2005; Garg and Karan 2005).


Via Christopher Ward, Mark Chataway
Fabian Chee's insight:

This is my insight using the 4cs:connections,concepts,changes,challenges

 

This article is related to the theme "health".This article talks about a stall-keeper,Gokalji,who suffered from an illness.as medical care in India is very expensive,his family could not afford to pay.a few years later,he died.And his family became heavily in debt.so,what can we do to help victims like Gokalji?we can help by donating money to the poor and giving medical supplies to those people in need.It is a challenging task to help those people in need,but together,we can help improve the lives of these people.

more...
Thaqiv Idraqie's curator insight, January 30, 2013 5:50 AM

From this article I learned how poverty can take its toll on people through many mediums. In this case, it was through healthcare. The inefficient and ineffective healthcare provided by India's ministry of health has caused the lives of some to change. In addition because of the medical industry lack of competence with modern day technology, they will tend to use aiding methods that are more pain-staking, thus more expensive.

This shows that if a country is under poverty, its people will suffer its toll. The effects of poverty are similar to that of a chain reaction. Poverty will affect the government to those industries to the workers and to the people, increasing in damage as it progresses through the stages. 

The article also provides ways in which the government is planning to counter these predicaments. It is via provision, insurance and regulation. Firstly it has to work with countries like Sweden,USA or other developed countries that have up to date medical treatments. From this the ministry of health in India would have more in depth knowledge to treat more complex illnesses effectively. Secondly, insurance refers to the availability servises. Knowing that India is a big pile of land with many different people, it is very important that the country has sufficient doctors to treat the population of illnesses. Lastly, regulation is the increased commercialization of medical services coupled with weak or absent regulation has resulted in a proliferation of fly-by-night operators, over-prescription, over-charging by private providers, spurious drugs, and other avoidable evils. Without taking account of these developments, it is hard to explain why the financial burden of healthcare costs has risen so sharply, especially among poorer and less literate people.

 

Jerone Taduran's curator insight, February 1, 2013 9:54 AM

A lot of family are pushed into penury when a member of the family or the learning member become ill and the medical cost is unbearable. Most of the time families have fixed income and no surplus money to save for emergency , most of them do not know about insurance nor they have capacity to pay the premium. I indeed pity the family of Chandbai, a 50-year-old woman who are suffering tremendously from lack of healthcare causing many illness and diseases to their family. Her husband, Gokalji, owned a shop in their town. But because of low healthcare, he became ill and had to give to shop to his brother while he lies down in his bed most of the time. Two years after the death of his husband, their daughter got married. It was sad to hear the story because of illness and diseases, he is not able to see his daughter climbing the steps of life, the reason why he was working everyday was to see his children succeed, now he cant do that. If the nation knows that there are a lof of people who are in need of help, dont just sit in your chair reading this article, do something actively and effortly to yourself and to the people who are in the state of poverty

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assigment_Fabian Chee | Scoop.it
Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education.

Via Sylvain Rotillon, Au Yeong Sok Mun, Emily Lau, Jocelyn Stoller
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This article is related to the theme "water".According to the article,many people in other countries do not have access to clean water.the water are contaminated with dieseases.as a result,many people are sick.so,what can we do to help them?we can help them by prioritizing the improvement of water, sanitation and hygiene services.we have to do our part to help inprove the lives of these people.we might face a challenge in ensuring that every one gets clean access to water.but if each and everyone of us do our part,together,we can overcome it.

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Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:07 AM
From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water. 
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:11 AM

From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water.

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 6:04 AM

After seeing the article, we should realise how fortunate we are when we have a tap with an unlimited supply of water thanks to our goverment, while we look at these people. They travel miles to get water and some even drink dirty water, this shows us that help must be given to these people as they are suffering although they actually can have clean water, its just that we are not acting to help them. Will the world help them, or would they just simply say ''its not my problem'' , this will depend of you, people could be saved if you just take it to concern and help out