After Mollycoddling China Cracks Down on Pharma MNCs…But Why Now?

In tandem with exemplary growth in the healthcare sector, China has started confronting with some consequential hazards in form of serious regulatory violations involving, besides many others, hospitals, pharmaceutical pricing and food and drug safety, which reportedly include contaminated milk powder and … Continue reading

To Curb Pharma Marketing Malpractices in India Who Bells the Cat?

Bribing doctors by the pharmaceutical companies directly or indirectly, as reported frequently by the media all over the world, including India, to prescribe their respective brand of drugs has now reached an alarming proportion, jeopardizing patients’ interest, seriously more than … Continue reading

Dissapointing: No proposal of ‘Healthcare Reform’ in the Union Budget of India for 2011-12: China rolled it out in 2009.

January 15, 2011 issue of ‘The Lancet’ in an article titled, “Learning from others” states the following: “Having universal coverage through a public commitment does have costs, including public costs. The proportion of national expenditure on health that is met … Continue reading

Prescribing 10 steps for comprehensive Healthcare Reforms in India

Recently President Barack Obama, by enacting historic healthcare reform legislation, fulfilled his election campaign pledge to provide healthcare to all in the United States of America. This piece of legislation will provide health insurance benefits to another around 34 million … Continue reading

Path-breaking medicines are just not enough… a comprehensive healthcare reform in India is long overdue

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh reiterated the following in his speech at the 30th Convocation of PGIMER, Chandigarh on November 3, 2009: ”As in economics, so as in medicine too, it is easy to get lost in … Continue reading

India urgently needs a total overhaul and reform of its public healthcare system with a holistic approach – NRHM and RSBY are laudable initiatives.

Over a period of time India had made significant improvement in various critical health indicators despite frugal public health spending by the government, which is just around 1 percent of GDP of the country. Such a low government spend towards … Continue reading

Will mandatory disclosure of ‘payments to physicians’ by the pharmaceutical companies be an overall part of “Healthcare reform process” in the US and what about India?

The brief Scenario in India: In India over 20, 000 pharmaceutical companies of varying size and scale of operations are currently operating. It is alleged that lack of regulatory scrutiny is prompting many of these companies to adapt to ‘free-for-all’ … Continue reading

Healthcare reform process and policy measures to reduce socio-economic inequalities should be implemented in tandem for optimal economic progress of a nation.

Important research studies indicate that health of an individual is as much an integral function of the related socio-economic factors as it is influenced by the person’s life style and genomic configurations.It has now been well established that socio-economic disparities … Continue reading