PM Modi to inaugurate first ever TB India summit next month

Published in Indian Express | By Abantika Ghosh | On February 20 The government of India is all set to organise a mega India TB summit from March 13-16. All chief ministers will be invited and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first of its kind event which is aimed at generating sufficient momentum for his […]

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Is Modicare the most ambitious healthcare mission?

Published in The Economic Times | On February 14 On February 1, the Union Budget announced the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), the biggest such global plan to provide quality health cover to a population larger than the combined citizenry of the US, France, Germany and the UK. Called ‘Modicare’, the plan seeks to extend […]

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Is India ready for NHPS?

Published in The Indian Express | By K. Sujatha Rao | On February 13 The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) is based on four assumptions and one hope: One, creating an effective demand to trigger private investments in supply deficit areas, two, enabling tapping of the 30 per cent unutilised capacity in private hospitals for […]

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National Health Protection Scheme revealed in India

Published in The Lancet A new health insurance scheme announced in the Union Budget 2018/19 draws praise and also concern about limits to implementation. Patralekha Chatterjee reports from Delhi. The Indian Government’s plan to provide health insurance for 100 million poor and vulnerable families—or 500 million people, about half of India’s population—has catapulted health to […]

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PHFI allowed foreign funding, with riders

Published in Times of India | On February 9, 2018 | By Bharti Jain New Delhi: The home ministry order allowing Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to receive foreign contributions once again, albeit with its prior nod, comes also with the rider that it will report utilisation of all its foreign funding receipts to […]

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The hurdles ahead for universal health coverage

Published in Livemint | On February 6, 2018 Going by recent evidence, attempts by the government to pass on some costs of the proposed National Health Protection Scheme—which aims to provide 100 million poor households with an annual health cover of Rs5 lakh each—to insurance companies or states may not go down well with either. […]

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72% of children not getting vaccinated on time: Survey

Published in Times of India | On February 6, 2018 NEW DELHI: According to the recently published National Family Health Survey (NFHS) IV, as many as 72.5% of children surveyed in the age group of 12 to 23 months, considered a crucial period in a child’s development and immunity-building, were not getting immunised on time. […]

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Indian fake doctor infects 21 with HIV with tainted syringes

Published in Washington Post | On February 6, 2018 | By Biswajeet Banerjee LUCKNOW, India — A fake doctor treating poor villagers in northern India for colds, coughs and diarrhea has infected at least 21 of them with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles, a health official said Tuesday. Sushil Choudhury, the official, said […]

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