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Healthcare Shouldn't Break the Bank! Health Literacy Is the Key!
World-class healthcare is a fundamental right of every individual. But many Indians go bankrupt every year due to their medical bills.
The Indian government sometime back came up with a motto: “Padhega India, tabhi to badhega India”. We often talk about literacy in general, digital literacy, financial literacy and so on. This world health day, let’s talk about Health Literacy.
This year's theme for world health day is "Health for All," and we're here to tell you how improving health literacy can empower individuals to take control of their health.
Wondering about how you can get world-class healthcare sans going bankrupt? Healthcare financing is the answer. Sit tight, grab your kale smoothie, and let's dive in!
Health literacy 101
Before we understand how to improve health literacy, let’s understand what it is. Health literacy is the ability of individuals to access, understand, and utilise health information to make informed decisions about their health.
Health literacy is like a treasure map to good health. It's the ability to read the signs and navigate your way to wellness, all while avoiding the dreaded quicksand of medical jargon and confusing health advice.
With health literacy, you'll be the captain of your own health ship, charting a course to smooth sailing and clear skies.
Think of health literacy as your own personal decoder ring to decipher the mysteries of the healthcare world.
Improving health literacy
Health literacy is not just a fancy term that doctors throw around - it's about accessing, understanding, and utilising health information to make informed decisions about your health.
It's like being your own superhero, but instead of a cape, you have knowledge! And trust us, knowledge is power when it comes to health. So, let's break it down, shall we?
First, health information needs to be easy to understand, like the instructions on a microwave popcorn bag. And we don't just mean in English; we mean in all languages and formats, so nobody is left out!
Second, health education is key! Learning about healthy habits, prevention, and treatments can help you make informed decisions about your health.
How healthcare financing helps
Now, let's talk about healthcare financing. It's the moolah that makes the healthcare system go round! If you don't have the money, you might as well visit the bank to empty your savings account.
In other words, the availability of financial resources determines whether you can access healthcare services or not. That's why it's crucial to make healthcare accessible and affordable to everyone.
Ways for healthcare financing
There are different ways to finance healthcare services, like healthcare subscriptions, government-funded healthcare systems, and out-of-pocket payments. All of these can be a part of your universal health coverage (UHC).
UHC ensures that everyone can access essential healthcare services without worrying about their income or social status. It's like being able to go to Sunburn, no matter who you are or where you come from.
Health literacy and healthcare financing are like Batman and Robin, but instead of fighting crime, they fight poor health outcomes and high healthcare costs.
But hold up! You may still be bleeding money if you don’t have a good healthcare subscription that covers OPD costs. Kenko Family Plan can save you money on all your doctor consults, lab tests, medicines, daily healthcare and much more for a family of 2 kids and 2 adults. And all of this at a monthly subscription price of ₹999 per month.