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Modi’s Mom and a Chaiwallah’s Mom: The Case for Universal Health Coverage in India

This was published in the Times of India as an op-ed, on Oct 13 2016. Here is the link. Below is an extract: “Few phrases in the public health literature capture the kind of raw agony that ‘catastrophic health expenditure’ does. I know that well, for my family is a rickshaw-walla’s family. A fractured bone… Continue reading Modi’s Mom and a Chaiwallah’s Mom: The Case for Universal Health Coverage in India

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‘The Private Insurance Trap’ – Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze are vehement advocates for universal health coverage. In their fine 2012 book An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions, they devote an entire chapter to ‘India’s Health Care Crisis’. One of the important topics they discuss is the proliferation of govt-sponsored insurance schemes (relying on private insurance companies) over the past… Continue reading ‘The Private Insurance Trap’ – Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

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The Role Society Plays in Perpetuating Medical Corruption

This book review was published in thewire.in on Sep 4 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: One of the most important points made in this book pertains to revamping what is called the ‘Indian medical register’ and making it more useful for the common public. Not many people are aware that the… Continue reading The Role Society Plays in Perpetuating Medical Corruption

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Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?

[Before we delve in, perhaps it is important to clarify that most such debates are not about whether private and public health sectors are ‘good/bad’ or necessary/unnecessary. It is implied that both are essential. The debate is more regarding which one should be the ‘model’ or the dominant system in a community; and regarding which… Continue reading Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?

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Delhi HC judgement banning Ayurvedic etc doctors from practising ‘modern medicine’

The landmark Delhi High Court judgement of 8th April 2016, which bans Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani doctors from practising modern ‘allopathic’ medicine: The main contentions of the Indian Systems of Medicine (ISoM) advocates were: 1. ISoM practitioners are allowed through Delhi Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad Act 1998 (DBCP Act) to practice modern scientific system of medicine in… Continue reading Delhi HC judgement banning Ayurvedic etc doctors from practising ‘modern medicine’

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These Movies Show How Sending Doctors To Villages Isn’t The Cure For Rural Healthcare in India

This article was published in HuffPost India on 27 June 16. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: In many community health centres and district hospitals, for example, surgeons frequently cannot operate because surgical and radiological facilities are not modernized, and obstetricians are often compelled to refer patients elsewhere (generally expensive private hospitals) because… Continue reading These Movies Show How Sending Doctors To Villages Isn’t The Cure For Rural Healthcare in India

Politics · Public health

Snake Antivenom: Making ‘Make In India’ Relevant for Rural India

This article was published in HuffPost India on 02 June 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: In fact, each hour snakes bite dozens of people and kill around five Indians (they kill about 45,000 annually). Tens of thousands lose limbs or are disfigured and disabled permanently. In comparison, there were 100,000 dengue… Continue reading Snake Antivenom: Making ‘Make In India’ Relevant for Rural India

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‘Dissenting Diagnosis’: A Must-read Book for Medicos and Citizens Alike

This is my review of the important book ‘Dissenting Diagnosis’, which was released some weeks back. Published in India Medical Times on 17 May 2016. Here is an excerpt: There are two specific myths that this book deftly busts. First, the token defence invariably used by the likes of IMA: ‘Yes there are “black sheep”… Continue reading ‘Dissenting Diagnosis’: A Must-read Book for Medicos and Citizens Alike