National Health Policy 2017: Some Silver Linings, Some Trepidation

In September 2016, the Supreme Court directed the Indian Government to finalize the ‘National Health Policy (NHP)’ guaranteeing ‘assured health services to all’, a draft version of which was already made available to the public on December 30, 2014. In … Continue reading

The ‘Moonshot’: Access To World-Class Cancer Care, For All

As in every year, February the 4th was celebrated as the ‘World Cancer Day’, across the world, in 2016, as well. Its main objective is to commemorate all the efforts done by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations … Continue reading

Union Budget 2014-15: Ticks The ‘Top Priority’ Boxes on Healthcare

The Union Budget 2014-15, especially for healthcare, needs to be analyzed against the backdrop of what the common patients have been going through in the healthcare space of India, over a period of time. In that context, I would quote … Continue reading

Access to Medicine: Losing Track in Cacophony

Indian Healthcare space is by and large an arena, where perceptions prevail over the changing reality in many important areas. Consequently, fierce discourse in those areas mostly gives rise to a cacophony of ‘Your Perceptions Against Mine’. It is intriguing, why even … Continue reading

‘Free Essential Medicines for All’ – A Laudable Public Healthcare Initiative of India, Tough Challenges Notwithstanding

Recently the Government of India has taken a landmark ‘Public Healthcare’ related initiative to provide unbranded generic formulations of all essential drugs, featuring in the ‘National List of Essential Medicines 2011’, free of cost to all patients from the public … Continue reading

Chasing the “Holy Grail”: Reasonably affordable healthcare for all

The Healthcare industry of the world as a whole with a size of several trillion US$ is growing at a fast pace in many countries for various reasons. The industry can be broadly divided into six categories as follows: Managed … Continue reading

Should India follow the US way to regulate all types of lobbying in the country?

Currently, India is one of the fastest-growing economies of the world along with China. Even during the recent global financial meltdown process both India and China could register a very impressive average GDP growth of around 7% consistently during the … Continue reading

NRHM of India: Yet to ‘Tick all the Right Boxes’

‘National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)’, one of the largest and a very ambitious healthcare initiative for the rural population of India, was launched by the Government of India on April 12, 2005. The primary purpose of NRHM, as announced by … Continue reading