Thursday, March 15

News Track, March 2012 :: Hospiad

  1. Curing Our Hospitals: India's healthcare system faces the important and often competing challenges of expanding access, ensuring affordability and guaranteeing quality. As matters stand, small private hospitals, clinics, pharmacists and quacks are the mainstays of healthcare provision in both urban and rural centers. The renewed focus and increased spending by the government to revamp the public sector health delivery system may tilt the balance back towards public sector healthcare, but a large structural shift in healthcare-seeking behavior is usually very slow and cumbersome. Read More.
  2. Health Sector Reform in India: IT would require a very brave person to argue that India has a functioning health care system. The country’s health sector has been the topic of several screaming headlines in the media in recent months. As horror stories of scandals, scams and denial of health care continue to make headlines, it is clear that a deep malaise affects the system. Read More 
  3. Visa Norms a bitter pill for Medical Tourism: Some 40 policemen landed up at the Apollo Hospitals on Greams Road recently to check whether their 100-odd foreign patients undergoing treatment at the hospital had valid visas. While some patients were uncomfortable and embarrassed, the hospital management was upset. Read More
  4. NRHM to become National Health Mission:To ensure universal access to free generic essential medicines in public health institutions in time-bound manner. The government proposes to convert the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) into a National Health Mission to provide health care to the urban poor also, in the course of the 12th Plan. Read More
  5. Higher health spend should reach rural centers: CHENNAI: Ever since the Prime Minister announced that plans were afoot to increase India's health care spend from less than one per cent of the GDP to a sizable 2.5 per cent, stakeholders in the public health setup have been cheerful. Not only will this increased spend reflect in better infrastructure in public health services, but it will also ensure more jobs, focus on medical research and hopefully, better salaries. "It is good that India has finally woken up to the challenge of having a strong public health sector. The UK, USA and even smaller European nations have built a very strong public health system. The only way this kind of a disease burden can be tackled is by getting people to come for subsidised health care," said the retired Dean of a premier medical college here. Read More
  6. India plans big jump in health-care spending, wants free medical services for all: New Delhi - With its health-care system increasingly eclipsed by rivals, India has a plan to nearly double public spending on health over the next five years, with the goal of eventually making medical care free for all Indians. It is an ambitious goal, and the kind of investment many experts have been advocating for decades. But already critics are wondering if the government will live up to its promise, or if throwing money at the problem without reforming the health-care delivery system from top to bottom will make much of a difference. Read More
  7. ‘In India We See a Huge Opportunity and This Tie-up with India is an Important One’: Recently, Dr Yves Bolduc, Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services, visited India with his team comprising some 40 representatives from Quebec’s business, research and health sectors to stimulate the forging of business partnerships with India. The visit also aimed at establishing an ongoing collaboration with India in the area of public health. As a step towards that the Government of Maharashtra and Government of Quebec signed a joint declaration for cooperation, in health and social services in telemedicine. Raelene Kambli in a tete-a-tete with Dr Bolduc finds out more about Quebec’s plans with India. Read More
  8. Economic Survey: Spurt in public spending on healthcare reaping dividends: NEW DELHI: Increased public spending on health seems to be finally reaping results with accessible, affordable and equitable healthcare gradually becoming a reality for the country's most backward and rural population. According to the economic survey presented by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday, the combined revenue and capital expenditure on medical and public health, sanitation and family welfare has increased from Rs 53,057.80 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 96,672.79 crore in 2010-11. Read More


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