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You have a problem on hand, doctor!

Photo: Mint<p>Every story has two sides. That is why, I was always told, if as a practising journalist I don’t capture both of these sides, I fail not …

Learning

In India, Medical Negligence Law Exhibits an Unhealthy Reliance on Expert Testimonies

Nearly two decades ago, in 1998, Kunal Saha, a doctor based in Ohio, and his wife, Anuradha Saha, a child psychologist, flew down to India and …

West Bengal

Despite soaring child-health spending, 40 million Indian children are stunted

India accounts for 27% of the world's neonatal deaths and 21% of all child deaths.<p>Here are some health statistics for Indian children five years or …

Universal health coverage: Hurdles and solutions

The sustainable development goals (SDG) was committed to by all heads of state of the UN member states at the 2015 United Nations General Assembly in …

Health Care

Incorrect Dosage

Sub Heading: India’s blinkered preference for specialist doctors.Author: Anna RuddockDate of publication: November 1, 2015Story Type: PerspectivesThe …

Why India cannot risk putting its health in the hands of the private sector

Budget allocations need to go up and public medical facilities need urgent investments. Else, as the editor of the 'Lancet' warned recently, India …

The ambitious yet difficult task of universal immunization

We don’t want to get our child vaccinated. Whatever happens will be god’s will,” said Meera, who is a road worker at Panipat’s Hanuman Chowk, …

Public Health

The challenge of public health in India

Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint<p>In June 2014, days after it assumed office, the Narendra Modi-led government <b>announced plans</b> to open 10 more institutions …

Public Health

Dengue deaths, Deaton and the economics of healthcare

Photo: Hindustan Times<p>Two major outbreaks of communicable diseases in two of India’s largest cities over the past two months have once again …

Public Health

THE BONESETTERS OF DELHI

THE INDIAN MEDICAL COUNCIL MIGHT HAVE WRITTEN THEM OFF AS QUACKS, BUT PATIENTS FROM FAR AND WIDE CONTINUE TO SEEK RELIEF AND REMEDIES AT THE HANDS OF …

The horrifying sights and sounds from the labour room of an Indian public hospital

Munmun Mukherjee is a good patient. She lies quiet on the white stone delivery table of the government hospital in Kolkata, but for an occasional low moan. Even this is muted, the edge of her voice flattened, as if she knows that she needs to be on her best behaviour. A slim, dusky woman, she looks …

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Think beyond health insurance

Budget 2015 was creative on several dimensions but fresh thinking was completely missing in health financing. This budget, like several in the past, …

Private Practice

|ONE |<p><b>ON 15 APRIL 2013,</b> JS Verma, the former chief justice of India, won an “Indian of the Year” award from NDTV for his work heading a committee to …

Health Care

Accountability failures mar NRHM

With its tales of murder, intrigue and corruption, the alleged health scam in Uttar Pradesh has raised questions about accountability and …

Uttar Pradesh

One day in Kittanagamangala PHC – An Experience of Learning.

Kuruvila Daniel visits a Public Health Centre in rural Karnataka for a day and comes away impressed by the commitment and work ethics of the Public …

The Growing Tuberculosis Threat

<b>(I)</b><p><b>ON THE MORNING OF 14 OCTOBER 2011,</b> Zarir Udwadia, one of India’s foremost chest physicians, sent an email halfway around the world, to the Boston …

Public Health

The Secret To Polio Eradication In India

On March 27, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to certify India as a polio free country, marking more than three years since the last case of polio there. While visiting India for this story as a guest of Rotary International, I stumbled upon a surprising secret—more about that …

Insight - Deserted New Delhi hospitals sour India's healthcare dream

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two state-of-the-art public hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they officially opened - not for lack of funding but because officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to treat heart and kidney patients.<p>A patient sits outside a doctor's …

India's mass sterilisation drive

India is expected to overtake China to become the most populous country in the world in the next five years.<p>Even with a fast growing economy, the challenge of providing education and employment to a growing population of more than one billion remains steep.<p>For decades, one solution has been a …

Exclusive - Payment delays dent India's flagship health, AIDS programmes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s main public health programmes, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters.<p>Relatives of patients rest in the …

India's health crisis needs money, but that isn't enough

India bears 21% of the global disease burden, losing at least 6% of gross domestic product (GDP) to premature death and preventable illness.<p>Every …

India

b>Abhirup Bhunia:</b> The great Indian healthcare challenge

Last week I was at a private hospital in Kolkata when I came across the family of a patient who was admitted in the Critical Care Unit (CCU). The …

Health Care

The Healthcare Conundrum: India’s 5 Big Challenges

This election season, the country has been promised plenty by each of the major political parties. Including, of course, a return to the soaring …

Public Health

Adverse Reaction

<b>| ONE |</b><p><b>IMAGINE THAT YOU HAVE</b> just been diagnosed with a particularly aggressive cancer, one that slowly curdles your blood, clogs your lungs, and …

Intellectual Property

Renewed Prescription

<b>WHEN NARENDRA MODI</b>, then the chief minister of Gujarat, addressed the eighth Global Healthcare Summit at the Ahmedabad Management Association on 3 …

Health Care