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 […]


One of the biggest costs when it comes to healthcare in India is critical care. This is the care delivered to patients in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). Often after a critical episode like a heart attack the patients need to be monitored for some time and thus are based in an ICU. The daily […]


  (Image source: http://en.rylkov-fond.org/blog/tbr/effective-tb-treatment/) In India it is cool to start tackling conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Actually most celebrities lend their support to even cooler issues like AIDS. But the biggest killer in India today is Tuberculosis(TB). Almost 1/5th of the global cases according to the WHO occur in India. Of the 2 million […]


  In continuation to the previous post that talked about how India based organizations are making their mark in the medical technology field, here are few of the medical technology Indian companies that are funded by venture capitalists and whose products are gaining widespread application in emerging countries such as India and also knocking on […]


China today dominates the herbal medicine market. One of the reasons for that is branding. In many ways the natural leader in that market should have been India. Unfortunately we as a nation have missed that bus in the 50-70’s. Ayurveda our core herbal offering to the world lay mired in home enterprises which never […]


  One of the first projects I got involved in, after joining CSC in Chennai was a education portal for a major US based Health Insurance company. The portal was essentially targeting the African American Community and addressed the common health issues for that ethnic group. So why was a Health Insurer spending so much […]


  When was the last time you visited a hospital? Maybe it was to visit a relative or get some tests done. maybe you required medical attention? But during your visit, did you rate the hospital ? I mean did you give feedback to the management or an independent body on the services offered by […]


  Obesity is one aspect that is heavily covered in media in India. There are numerous reports on how the ‘Fight against Fat’is the paradigm shift in Indian public health policy. Obesity has been linked to heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension. And the information is all correct. But I believe in a country of a […]


(Image Source: CDC) After declaring and winning the war against polio, the Indian public health administration has declared war on Measles. Measles is a viral disease which kills about a million people a year. Out of the million almost 90 % are children. In India the statistics is very alarming as almost 500 children die […]