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Regulation of Doctors and Private Hospitals in India

The issue of regulation of doctors and private hospitals is one that is increasingly becoming important for the citizen. The attempts by professional medical associations to scuttle the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act of 2010 is the context for this essay on the issues that afflict the provision of private healthcare. After a critical discussion of all the major issues, the essay outlines what needs to be done to prevent and address the malpractices and abuses that are widely prevalent in the country.

Slippery Slope for Public Health Services

The draft national health policy suggests that public health services should be held accountable according to commercial principles, which would have a deleterious impact on public health.

Drug Price Control Order 2013

The hope that prices of medicines will reduce and super-profits will be curtailed has been belied by the government's drug control measures. As warned earlier, there are many loopholes which will keep most medicines out of price control, while manufacturers are likely to move away from controlled medicines to the production of unregulated ones. There is not even a proper mechanism to record and respond to consumer grievances.

Pharma Policy 2012 and Its Discontents

The National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Policy 2012 has a new method for determining the price ceiling, called a market-based pricing mechanism. This is problematic, to say the least. It can create the illusion of regulating prices without actually doing so, and will have no impact on other members of the same therapeutic class outside the National List of Essential Medicines or on existing fixed dose combinations, rational and irrational. It will reduce the prices of certain top brands, but not close potential escape routes for good. It will also leave a lot of useful life-saving drugs used in tertiary care outside the price control basket.

'Grand Challenges to Global Mental Health'

An essay in Nature last year, “Grand Challenges to Global Mental Health” (Vol 475, pp 27-30) announced research priorities for improving the lives of people with mental illness around the world, and called for urgent action and investment. However, many professionals, academics, and service user...

Planning Healthcare for All?

The Planning Commission's High Level Expert Group has given its provisional progress report on developing a framework for universal health coverage. Its mandate is to suggest a strategy for universal health coverage rather than a universal healthcare system. The latter would be geared to a progressive socialisation of healthcare based on human rights. Universal coverage, on the other hand, would mean a system that will continue to be dominated by the logic of the market. But all said and done, the Planning Commission's group has done a good job and has tried to keep its focus on socialisation of healthcare.

Takeover of Indian Pharma Companies

India is, today, the fourth largest producer of drugs in the world and a world class supplier of relatively cheap generic medicines. It is the largest supplier in the world of low-priced anti-retrovirals and exports medicines to over 200 countries. However, major concerns regarding access to...

Thwarting Corporate Capture of Land: The Alibag Struggle

This article chronicles the peaceful struggle and eventual success of the people of Alibag, Maharashtra, against the attempts by corporate bodies, with the help of the state government, to grab land for a number of coal-based power plants in the area. Had the plants come up, it would have been an ecological disaster.

'Thiyya Andolan' in Krishna Valley

About 7,000 rural toilers from south-west Maharashtra congregated in Pune for one of the largest indefinite sit-ins that the state has seen in many decades. The struggle for the right to water and the right to rehabilitation in 13 drought-prone 'talukas' of the state has made a significant contribution: it has joined together the interests of two groups who are considered, traditionally, to be at loggerheads with each other - the dam-affected and the drought-affected.

Right to Health Care

By way of commemorating the 25-year old Alma Ata Declaration on health for all, the health movement organised a three-day programme on the right to health. Included were public submissions on denial of health care that illustrate the deterioration in the public health system.

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