Healthcare Policy

26Apr 2017

All branded drugs are of good quality – Fiction Majority of the branded drugs are of good quality – Fact All generic drugs are of good quality – Fiction Majority of the generic drugs are of good quality – Fact All pharma companies take pro-patient initiatives – Fiction Few pharma companies take pro-patient initiatives – […]

07Feb 2017

In many parts of the world, the value of medicines is measured by a unit called ‘Quality-Adjusted Life Year’ (QALY), a metric that health economists and others use to quantify the health benefits generated by a particular treatment. QALYs are often used by state-run health systems in many countries to help decide which drugs to […]

04Feb 2017

With this year’s budget, healthcare seems to have gotten a shot in the arm. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government has prepared an action plan for poor health. This year’s (2017) finance budget seems to be finally stating action in the healthcare sector. It consists of an action plan prepared to eliminate Kala […]

24Nov 2016

While scientists, clinicians, and regulators play critical roles in understanding and communicating the benefits and risks of drugs/medical treatments, only patients live with their medical conditions and make choices regarding their personal care. They provide a unique voice and unique perspective. In recent years, more and more studies are focusing on patient reported outcomes (PROs). […]

30Sep 2016

Health systems have developed at different speeds, and with differing degrees of complexity throughout the twentieth century, reflecting the diverse political and social conditions in each country. Notwithstanding their diversity, all systems, however, share a common reason for their existence, namely the improvement of health for their entire populations. To attain this goal a health […]

26Sep 2016

Rapidly rising cost in healthcare is an increasing cause of concern across the world. Indian healthcare is also experiencing a change, with increasing focus on better quality of medical care services. As per the available information, the healthcare spending per capita per annum in India has been observed to be about $109, with total healthcare […]

05Mar 2016

Affirming the economy is on the right track, India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the union budget 2016-2017 on 29 Feb 2016.  The budget has been a mixed bag overall. The major focus is on rural progress, infrastructure and public sector which definitely acts as catalyst towards the economy. On the healthcare front, the prominence […]