Making ‘National Policy For Rare Diseases’ More Meaningful With ‘Orphan Drugs Act’

In November 2016, while hearing a related case, the Delhi High Court reportedly directed the Union Government to finalize and implement a policy on rare diseases, with a provision for free treatment with the expensive medications, as will be required by … Continue reading

MDGs Break Ground For SDGs: Is India Poised To Achieve The Health Goals?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were placed in the pages of history amid several other remarkable global initiatives of the United Nations (UN), as the timeframe for achievement of these targets got over in 2015. In 2000, the leaders of … Continue reading

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

Escalating Antibiotic Resistance, And Thwarting Ban Of Irrational FDCs

September 2016 ‘Fact Sheet’ of the World Health Organization (W.H.O) raised a red flag on fast increasing incidence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). It poses a serious threat to global public health, more than ever before. Consequently, effective prevention and treatment … Continue reading

Does Healthcare Feature In Raisina Hill’s To-Do List?

At the Capitol Hill, while addressing the joint session of the United States Congress, on June 08, 2016, our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi well articulated the following, in his inimitable style: “My to-do list is long and ambitious. It … Continue reading

Healthcare In India (2016-17): Whither Goest Thou?

The Union Budget 2016-17 will be proposed today by the Finance Minister before the Indian Parliament. As many critical questions are currently being raised about the real health of the Indian economy, across the globe, the Union Finance Minister shoulders … Continue reading

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

Just 16% Of Indian Population Has Access To Free Or Partially-Free Health Care?

Is health care currently a low priority area for the Government of India? Probably yes, and thus it is worth trying to fathom it out. Besides planned frugal spending on overall public health in 2015-16, even as compared to the past … Continue reading