ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Anant Phadke

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.

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.