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Dead Weight of Healthcare

Majhi's tragic tale of carrying his dead wife reminds us of the pathetic state of health in India.

Role of Private Sector in Medical Education and Human Resource Development for Health in India

This paper examines the growth and regional spread of medical education in India, particularly in the private sector. An important feature of the considerable growth of medical education, especially after the 1990s, has been the setting up of numerous private medical colleges in the country. Interestingly, this growth has occurred primarily in the more developed states with better health outcomes, while the low-income states with poor health indicators have lagged behind. This unequal distribution of medical colleges has had an impact on the availability of medical services and has resulted in regional differences in access to doctors in the country.

NSSO 71st Round Data on Health and Beyond

The overarching policy question in private expenditure on health that we should all be addressing is, “What must the government do to reduce the debilitating (financial) effects of out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure of people?” A response to a comment (EPW, 21 November 2015) on the authors’ earlier piece (EPW, 15 August 2015).

State-Sponsored Alcoholism in Kerala

The Kerala government's move towards total prohibition has raised serious concerns about its impact on the state exchequer. The strong grip of alcohol on the state's social and cultural bonds has been enabled by a combination of political and economic factors unique to this long-time communist bastion. This article seeks to examine the historical traditions of drinking in Kerala along with contemporary practices.

In the Time of Ebola

Sound healthcare systems are the only insurance against deadly viruses.
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