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Government Health Services in Kerala

One of the reasons cited to justify government intervention in health care is to correct the inequities in service provision that might arise if services are provided by private sector. But in practice government decisions are taken by a few individuals and groups and these decisions might reflect their interests than that of the community. The paper examines the role government provision of health services has historically played in Kerala

Social Construction of Health

The science of health has been characterised by positivism and extreme rationalism, divested from its social and economic context. The use of social sciences is still confined in the prison of reductionism for with the increased interaction of the disciplines of medical sociology and psychology with health, there is a greater adherence to the quantitative method, nowhere more evident than the interaction of behaviourism to health. This, in turn, obfuscates both the causes of disease and ill health in a society and therefore, the quest for solutions. This study tries in its different sections to expose the handiwork of such deterministic sciences.

Curious Decision

Some things never change. In a typically nonchalant move, ignoring past debate, medical and social facts, the health ministry has recently announced plans to introduce Net En, an injectable contraceptive on a trial basis in select medical colleges around the country. This is, no doubt, is a prelude to introducing it in the public health system, a move that the health ministry has long contemplated but has hesitated to make for a variety of reasons, not least of all, the opposition to it by women's and health groups....

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