“Given the popular uptake of universal health coverage reforms elsewhere in Asia, the Feb 4 elections may be a tipping point for health in India. For example, in 2012, Joko Widodo was elected Governor of Jakarta. He launched popular UHC … Continue reading
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Universal Health Coverage: The Only Alternative To Drug Price Control in India?
Aggressive drug pricing is becoming a burning issue in the healthcare space, across the world. The raging debate continues in India too, fueled by many factors. In this context, it was quite interesting to note, on July 15, 2015, the … Continue reading
India’s ‘National Health Policy 2015′ Needs Wings To Fly
Ensuring ‘access to healthcare for all’ has remained a key well-articulated good intent of all the successive Governments in India, cutting across the political regimes, since 1983. The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare published the first “National Health … Continue reading
With Free Medicines In, Would The New Government Revisit ‘Universal Health Coverage’ Soon?
Friday last, the new Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan reportedly announced that the his ministry would soon start work on distributing free medicines through public hospitals across the country. For this purpose the Minister would soon call a meeting of the … Continue reading
Why Try To Reinvent The Wheel With So Much Of Hullabaloo?
A recent IMS study, apparently ‘authorized’ (whatever it means) by the Planning Commission of India has reportedly suggested various ‘ways to make drugs affordable in India’. Though there does not appear to be anything new in the reported suggestions, the … Continue reading
For Affordable Healthcare: Synergize Resources Through PPP Models
According to a 2012 study of IMS Consulting, the key factor of significantly high ‘Out of Pocket (OOP)’ expenditure on healthcare in India is that people are pushed into seeking costlier private care services due to imbalanced infrastructure of healthcare workers, … Continue reading
In the Wonderland of Pharma Generics: Some Steps In, Some Steps Over the Line
To scale-up access to healthcare, especially for the marginalized population of any country, greater access to affordable generic drugs will always remain fundamental, besides improving healthcare infrastructure and its delivery mechanism. Thus, there should be a robust mechanism across the … Continue reading
State funded ‘Universal Healthcare’ in India: A laudable initiative of the Government
January 11, 2011 edition of ‘The Lancet’, in the article authored by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy et al titled, “Towards achievement of universal health care in India by 2020: a call to action”, proposed creation of an Integrated National Health … Continue reading