You don't need to be a statistician or an expert in matters pertaining to healthcare to know that the perception of doctors in Indian society has undergone a dramatic shift in the last few decades. On...
"Baba, I couldn't be with you when you wanted to talk to me—not because I couldn't, but because, they wouldn't." I have repeated these lines innumerable times in my sleep. My subconscious hopes...
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The government must attract private investment in the healthcare sector through incentives such as tax benefits, underwriting and facilitating bank loans to supplement care in remote and underserved regions. Unless national investments are made to mitigate the costs associated with NCDs today, the damage will increase multi-fold.
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Anywhere between one to three lakh Indian children are going to die because of ignorance by the end of the year. Think about that. By the time your day gets over, the lives of about 328 boys and girls will have ended. None of them will see their fifth birthday and none of them really had to die.
The draft National Health Policy is likely to be sent for Cabinet approval early next month.
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Health Ministry has launched nationwide 'Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight' (IDCF).
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HYDERABAD -- The southern Indian state of Telangana has declared a "high alert" for polio after an active strain of the virus was found in samples of sewage water in the state capital. Rajeshwar Tiwar...
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JAIPUR -- Sixteen newborns have died in Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) hospital in Ajmer in a span of two weeks, raising concerns in the state. While five newborns admitted to the neonatal unit of JLN govern...
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Chronic diseases are a huge and growing problem in India -- 20% of the adult population in the country has at least one potentially fatal chronic condition, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and/or hypertension. But there is a bigger tragedy hidden in plain sight -- the majority of mortalities associated with chronic conditions could have been avoided through better management.
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In a bizarre incident, the family members who had gathered for the last rites of a woman in Mysuru were in for a pleasant shock when a relative detected pulse on her, moments before she was to be take...
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After an arduous billing process and a long wait, when we were graced with the GP's presence, my mother started speaking eagerly. But even before she had described her symptoms, the GP was already writing the new medication -- "I think you should change your BP medicine. Try this..." I couldn't stop myself. "But you haven't even measured her BP. You haven't used your stethoscope. You haven't even heard her history."
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Since time immemorial, the healthcare industry has been driven by two factors--medical expertise and cost--with the patient and care-taker always having to toe the line. Now with significant advances in technology, the patient is becoming increasingly empowered to actively participate in charting the course of his/her healthcare.
Comparing the healthcare systems of two of the world's biggest democracies--the United States and India--highlights changes we can make to improve the access and outcomes in our own country while also bringing to the fore some of our potential strengths. The big question, of course, is whether the decision-makers are listening.