Vineet Kumar Verma, A.K.Kapoor, Naila Ansari
Abstract: India is drawing the worlds attention, not only because of its population explosion but also because of its prevailing as well as emerging health profile and profound political, economic and social transformations. Among policy makers awareness of the impact of health policy and health promotion is increasingly recognised in recent national and international policy documents. Since health is related to a diversity of interrelated factors like housing, neighbourhood, work, education, lifestyles and recreation, understanding these dimensions become vital in ensuring the healthy living of society. Therefore the present study is expected to give glimpses about the health status of Indian population to the policy makers and will throw light into the various aspects associated with health care and health seeking behaviour. This research paper made an attempt to give an introduction to the core subject of the health study in Anthropology, reviews the relevant literature on the health status and health care system which determine quality of life. Consequently the ignorance about health study continues as for example the determinants of health are not yet clear, however during the past few decades, there has been a reawakening that health is a fundamental right and a worldwide social goal. This paper provides an effective and practical approach for evaluating relative efficiency of health especially useful for future research to improve the quality of life of our citizens and for the economic and social development of the nation.
Keywords: Health status, Health care system, Disease, WHO, Anthropology