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Daily Vocabulary Dose by SSCtube (14-02-2018)

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Daily Vocabulary Dose by SSCtube (14-02-2018)

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Specialist healthcare (secondary and tertiary care) underwent a transformation with the rise of the advanced medical interventions comprising tertiary-care medicine like organ transplantation and open heart surgery. With little being done to erect a robust public health infrastructure that could make healthcare available regardless of one’s ability to pay, highly-priced sophisticated medical interventions kept pushing into the Indian healthcare scenario. This has evolved into an entrenched characteristic of modern Indian healthcare.

A glimmer of hope was kindled by the Union Budget 2018-19 hailing the concept of health protection, only to be met with a set of dismaying figures. With the National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 seeking to double government spending on healthcare from 1.15 per cent to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2025, a 20 per cent increase in allocation year-on-year is necessitated for 7-8 years to attain the objective. The budget, however, has kept this to a meagre 5 per cent increase over the revised estimate of 2017-18.

The insurance sum of Rs 5 lakh per family per year under the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) appears to be unrealistically aspirational considering its 2016 iteration, which allocated Rs 1 lakh per family per year, is yet to take off. Publicly-funded health insurance through private hospitals is by itself no bad move, since it can significantly increase access to quality secondary and tertiary care and reduce the burden of hospital expenses. However, as a means of achieving universal health protection, it is likely to be highly inept and saddled with compromises. If the lack of sufficient practical precedent isn’t enough, the idea appears to be untenable even in theory. A strong primary care system is vital to achieving universal health coverage.

It is futile to expect private entities to be interested in assuming a prominent role in primary-care provision, which is a much less rewarding enterprise than tertiary care. This certainly cannot go unappreciated by the finance minister, who therefore slides in “secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation” along with health protection under the NHPS.

Vocab Dose

  1. Robust: strong and healthy; vigorous. मजबूत
    Synonyms:  strong, sturdy, tough
    Antonyms: fragile, incapable, weak
    The Caplan family are a robust lot.

  2. Sophisticated: make something in a more educated manner. जटिल
    Synonyms: mature, practical, refined
    Antonyms: inexperienced, unrefined

    The readers have been sophisticated by modern literary practice.
  3. Entrenched: establish (an attitude, habit, or belief) so firmly that change is very difficult or unlikely.  आरोपित हुआ
    Synonyms: establish, settle, lodge
    Antonyms: dislodge, superficial

    Ageism is entrenched in our society.
  4. Glimmer: shine faintly with a wavering light. प्रभा
    Synonyms: gleam, shine,glow
    Antonyms: dullness

    The moonlight glimmered on the lawn.
  5. Dismaying: cause (someone) to feel concern and distress. किसी को चिंता और संकट महसूस करने के लिए
    Synonyms: anxiety, horrify, shock
    Antonyms: encourage, please

    They were dismayed by the U-turn in policy.
  6. Iteration: the repetition of a process or utterance.  एक प्रक्रिया की पुनरावृत्ति
    Synonyms: emphasis, repetition
    He reiterated the lesson.
  7. Inept: having or showing no skill; clumsy. अयोग्य
    Synonyms: unskilled, inexpert, amateur
    Antonyms: competent, capable

    The referee’s inept handling of the match.
  8. Saddled: burden (someone) with an onerous responsibility or task. भारी जिम्मेदारी या कार्य के साथ बोझ
    Synonyms: burden, encumber, hamper
    Antonyms: free, release

    He is saddled with debts of $12 million.
  9. Untenable: not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection. अस्थिर, असमर्थनीय
    Synonyms: indefensible, unarguable, unsustainable
    Antonyms: supportive, defensible

    This argument is clearly untenable.
  10. Futile: incapable of producing any useful result; pointless. व्यर्थ
    Synonyms: fruitless, vain, wasteful
    Antonyms: useful, fruitful

    It turned to be a futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage.

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