The rapid rise of medical science in the modern era has been based on the premise of sharing its benefits for human collectivity. However, both science and public health take a beating when access to health technologies is curbed for profits. Unfortunately, in the implementation of the central and state government programs providing cochlear implants for children born with profound hearing disabilities, we see ripe examples of how profits trump patients’ interests.
According to the National Sample Survey (NSS) 58th round (2002), hearing disability was the biggest cause of sensory deficit and the second most common cause of disability. In India, 63 million people suffer from significant hearing loss.
Source : https://thewire.in/181221/government-hearing-implants-disability/