Saturday, November 7, 2009

Efficient State Health Delivery System and Social Conservatism

Societal affiliations and restrictions on humans tend to be stronger and more pervasive wherever the state’s health and welfare provisions are either inadequate or absent.

Parents from a developing, third world country’s society is more likely to hold to their growing children to a much longer period, marry them off with their consent, within their social strata and religious/communal boundaries and play more decisive and influential role, than would a parent from a developed nation with a better health management and delivery system.

Women tend to be freer, individualistic and independent of their parents, husbands and other relationship connections, in a country where pre and post natal care is adequate and affordable. Legality of abortions is another factor inducing women to be liberalized from their societal bonds.

In Asian countries, barring a few, and in Africa, sticking to traditional and outdated maternity-natal practices, confounded by the impoverished state expenditure, has led to thousands of women dying every year during child birth and pre natal complications.

In a reverse application of the above statement, one can infer that, the higher and better the state intervention into its peoples’ health and welfare, the farther the people move away from their conservative, sentimentalist and, what is often believed as, traditional upbringing and mentoring of their off-springs, which would, on the longer run, lead to an egalitarian society devoid of deep rooted striations.

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