Recently I visited the Philips Innovation Center in Bangalore. While talking to Dr Mabel who had come there to give a demonstration of the lastest Philips Automated External Defibrillator (AED) I came to know of some interesting facts. Did you know that 7,00,000 people have heart attacks in India each year. and out of them […]


Cardiovascular diseases continue to be the scourge of India. As discussed in my earlier post, India has probably the largest pool of heart patients in the world, today. The number of heart patients today stands at around 45 million India. So in the run up to the world heart day, on the 29th of September […]


My grandmother always used to tell me that working hard 9-5 and having a good night’s sleep were the secrets of a healthy heart. And she also told me that heart problems were a 60’s thing (people in their 60’s) Her statement could not have been truer as she remained healthy her working life and […]


  A recent report by IMS Health India puts the number of quacks in urban India more than qualified MBBS doctors. A quack according to IMS Health is someone not have an MBBS degree but still prescribes Allopathic medicines. So there are basically three categories of quacks. the first category is those who have no […]


  Friends, Indians, Countrymen I am here to bury the new MBBS doctors and not to praise them. But before I do that, please do hear me out… The Indian government wants to make it compulsory for the freshly graduated MBBS doctors to serve 6 months in a rural posting, in order to be eligible to sit […]


  In the future you might receive your medical prescription via SMS.  Yes that’s what is being proposed by the Madhya Pradesh (MP) government. To make up for the shortage of physicians and specialists the MP government will be now launching a new system by which patients will receive medical advice from doctors via phone and will […]


  Yes that’s not a typo, Havells India the manufacturers of electrical equipment are all set to enter the tertiary healthcare sector in India. The Havells brand is owned by QRG enterprises and they already run a tertiary care center in Faridabad. So they have some experience in the running of a hospital. In the next 2-3 years we would see […]


What is common to Indian healthcare and soccer? Well they languish in the triple digits when it comes to rankings.   According to WHO rankings, Indian Healthcare system ranks 112th in the world, way behind countries like Colombia, Sri Lanka and Egypt. The highest ranking Asian nation is Singapore at 6. Japan is a respectable […]


The central government has launched a new health scheme to cover existing and retired employees. The scheme called the GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME (CGEPHIS), will cover 1,700,000 existing employees and 70,000 pensioners.   The interesting part is that the new scheme would work very well for employees and pensioners not living in […]


Is that a dumb question? Why pays your healthcare bills ? The answer is obvious right, its you. But if you are an American citizen or a British subject the answers are very different. The American healthcare system is based on Health Insurance. So if you are insured then the Insurance company pays your healthcare […]