A few days ago, the Vice President of the Indian National Congress party, Mr. Rahul Gandhi tweeted that his party would implement the free medicines scheme for the poor across India. Since the tweet coincided with Mr. Gandhi’s visit to Rajasthan, it can only be assumed that he was touting a relatively successful scheme […]Read More Free Medicines or Better Health?
Health care policy in most developing countries has emphasized the development of government-owned health services, largely financed by tax revenues. Following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), many countries established systems consisting of peripheral clinics and health workers, integrated community health centers and a tiered system of public hospitals. As such systems became […]Read More HEALTH AND WEALTH – THE INDIA PARADOX
That the Indian health policy is full of flip-flops and uncertainties is a given. The sector falls under the purview of two different ministries (the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and this leads to confusion on who regulates what. This lack of a common agenda for the […]Read More The Uncertainty of Drug Regulation in India
The financial burden of healthcare can be crippling, eroding life savings and in some cases even pushing people into poverty. To avoid being accused of total apathy, the government took a high moral stand while adopting the path of least resistance. Through the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO 2013), it announced that prices of all […]Read More Low Medicine (Prices) or No Medicine?
Despite knowing that spending on health has a multiplier effect on its GDP, it is only over the last two years that the UPA-2 government spared a thought for the health of its population. Goaded on by the National Advisory Council (NAC), the government made grandiose announcements to provide relief to the common man’s health […]Read More India’s Flawed Health Policy
India’s health policy confuses the lay person as much as the investor. What does the government really want to do? Does it want to provide health for all its residents (not citizens) under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) scheme? Will it distribute medicines free to everyone? Is it seeking Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) actively in […]Read More Why are health reforms difficult in India?
What if clinical trials don’t happen in India? Indian patients will continue to be treated with existing standard of stagnating care. The world would have moved on to better medicines buoyed by innovation. But Indian patients will need to be excluded from this wave of change for the better. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI)’s […]Read More What if clinical trials don’t happen in India?