Vinod Dua discusses important findings from the report ‘India: Health of the Nation’s States’ released by the government and Abul Kalam Azad.
The proposed amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act – including regulating fee and service charges at private hospitals – are not against doctors. Rather, they will facilitate a better doctor-patient relationship.
It’s hard to look at any measure of data and argue that southern states need to catch up with any BJP-ruled state. If anything, it’s Modi and his chief ministers who need to learn from Karnataka.
Studies from Chhattisgarh and other states show that most private hospitals force people to pay additional money even after using health insurance.
While Gujarat’s IMR reduction has been better than the national average, it stacks up unfavourably when compared to other affluent states like Maharashtra and Punjab or even ‘special category’ states like Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
The US medical device industry’s allegation on the denial of equitable market access is a smokescreen to protect an inequitable market, at the cost of people’s lives.
“The doctors are always telling us that they’re going to help us and heal us, but we can’t always get to them and they’re not able to get to us.”
The single most important policy failure of most Indian governments has been the near-complete neglect of public health and education.
From inadequate infrastructure in local hospitals to accredited social health activists workers not reaching women in the tribal belt, the health system in the area is full of gaps.
Unless the chronic deficiencies in the country’s public health system are rectified, tragedies like Gorakhpur will keep happening.
Vinod Dua talks about the ruling BJP government’s changing positions on various issues and discusses the need to increase public spending in healthcare.
A well-implemented regulation will ensure that patient care improves, while also creating safeguards that don’t let private establishments put all the onus of error on a doctor.
As fellow Republicans laboured to repeal Obamacare this week, Trump repeatedly swerved off-topic, escalating concerns in his party about his ability to govern the country six months after taking office.
The Senate deadlocked 50-50 on moving forward with the healthcare debate, forcing vice president Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote.
Although the draft text of the RCEP agreement is not public, leaked documents show that the deal could undermine India’s patent system.
Trump called 49 Republican senators to the White House for lunch, telling them they needed to settle their differences and postpone the summer recess.
“In our community, over 90% of people survive by begging. How can they ever afford any of these treatments?”
It remains to be seen whether majority leader Mitch McConnell can satisfy moderates and hard-line conservatives in his party who have voiced opposition.
The Senate Bill, which faces unified Democratic opposition, has been imperiled during the recess, as Republican senators faced constituents opposed to it.
In the seventy-sixth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the recent border tension with China and the state of healthcare in India.
Lack of infrastructure and human resources along with inadequate spending have led to abysmal health indicators.
US President Donald Trump urged Republican senators in a tweet to repeal Obamacare immediately even if they cannot agree on a new plan to replace it.
A critical part of attaining universal health coverage – especially in developing countries – is unfettered access to published medical research.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abandoned plans to seek passage of it this week because Republicans did not have the requisite 50 votes to pass it.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the bill which provided the number has worried many legislators across the political aisle.
India ranks last amongst all the BRICS nations in quality and access to healthcare, and 178th out of 195 countries worldwide. It even does poorly even compared to all of its neighbours, bar Pakistan.
Trump continues to seek support for the proposal and is saying that lawmakers are not fundamentally opposed and would just like some changes.
The healthcare Bill features sharp cuts to the Medicaid programme, drawing strong opposiyion from Democrats, protestors and even certain Republicans.
The advent of solar energy in three villages of Birsing char has had a transformative impact on primary healthcare and other daily activities of rural Assamese communities.
My psychiatric condition was (mis)treated as if it were independent of a malarial prophylactic called mefloquine that I had accidentally overdosed on by a single potent pill.
While some states have managed to increase access to affordable healthcare, it remains below par when compared to other developing economies.
Despite the high out-of-pocket costs, a large number of patients across rural and urban India are choosing private healthcare options.
Most medical tourists need translators, who are hired by hospitals and charge high commissions. Patients are also often forced to do expensive tests, even if they may not understand what’s going on.
The stimulus package bill has not yet been passed due to the Democratic Party lacking a majority.
In the last decade, the US has been the leading funder for preparing and responding to global infectious outbreaks, and the delivery of basic healthcare to low-income countries.
The plan would cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over ten years, balancing the budget by the end of the decade.
India has performed poorly in tackling cases of tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and rheumatic heart disease, a study in The Lancet says.
It’s estimated that at least 800 medical personnel have been killed since the start of the Syrian war.
A chance meeting on a minibus in Costa Rica inspired a young American to start crowdfunding healthcare for people all over the world.
As long as healthcare is treated as a commodity, medical practitioners will keep catering to society’s paternalistic demands for sex selective abortions.