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Does Ayurveda Qualify As A Public Healthcare System?

*Dr Aakash Kembhavi, Director, Astanga Wellness Pvt Ltd, Hubli, Karnataka, India
Dr Anita Kadagad Kembhavi, Director, Astanga Wellness Pvt Ltd, Hubli, Karnataka, India
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Paper Received: 20-04-2021 Paper Accepted: 24-04-2021 Corrected: 2-05-21

Abstract: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, is the worst challenge for a century for international health and financial systems. It was declared as a global pandemic on 11 March 2020 by World Health Organization. There are serious gaps in response to the disease even in highly developed economies and healthcare systems. Presently, in the second wave, we are seeing that the healthcare system is collapsing and unable to provide the necessary care. Without strong policies and leadership, healthcare systems do not spontaneously provide balanced responses to these challenges, nor do they make the most efficient use of their resources. It’s also important to consider whether the system is delivering what people need: coverage of a broad range of services, especially those that are important for the sickest among us, timely access to affordable, high quality care, and innovation that ensures care gets better over time.  For most people, whether the system is market-based or government-run, matters a lot less than whether it’s meeting their needs. And that’s the way it should be. The current Covid 19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of Ayurveda as a system of healthcare to rise to the challenges faced by the country and to provide a guideline to its practitioners to tackle the crisis. Transformation must focus on the value of results in the health care system over the quantity of services provided. Ayurveda may not have the biggest role in public health currently, but the opportunities for expansion are limitless. We are of the opinion that Ayurveda does not qualify as of today to be called as a well functioning public healthcare system.
Key Words: Ayurveda, Public Healthcare System, Covid 19, Care, Health Policies…..

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