A few days ago I met a consultant who also happened to be my neighbor. After exchanging a few pleasantries he surprised me by asking me a lot of questions on the state of the Dental Business in the country. Now I loathe to think   of Dental or Healthcare as a business. And somehow […]


The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus to be a Public Health Emergency of International concern, last year. Sometime ago we had covered how the US had dealt with the last few carriers of the virus by spraying the Miami-Dade county aerially with the insecticides. Now, Zika is in India with three cases between […]


India continues to fare poorly on most health parameters. Not surprisingly it was ranked 154th among 195 countries by medical publication Lancet. No surprises that high growth and economic prosperity has not triggered a improvement in the health parameters. India lags on key parameters like Life Expectancy, Infant Mortality. Under 5 mortality and Maternal Mortality.


According to a study conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) over five crore Indians suffered from depression and over three crore others suffered from anxiety disorders in the year 2015. India accounted for the highest number of suicides in the world in 2012, as per a report published by WHO in 2014. The report said […]


Life expectancy has gone up in India. But are people able to live fully functional lives ? Is the quality of life improving as medical technology keeps more Indians alive year after year ? To answer some of these questions the WHO has started calculating Health Adjusted Life Expectancy (HALE), or healthy life expectancy,  to […]


India has the most inequitable health care scenario possible. Most the services provided thereon were preventive and very few curative health care services were supplied. The real India is to be found not in its several towns, however in its seven hundred thousand villages. The pediatric healthcare situation is equally bad.   While some diseases […]


After success with Polio, the government has renewed its efforts on eradicating Measles. Though program was announced some time ago, for details please read this piece we carried in 2011 but we see a renewed focus on the effort currently. Many schools in Bangalore are running a school inoculation program against Measles. Recently my daughter […]


Last year I had the opportunity to lead a panel at the Philips Digital Health Conclave in Bangalore. We discussed in depth all things Digital health and one of the key discussion points was how Digital India was helping healthcare. Most of the discussion at the panel was around three parameters, cost , accessibility and […]


In India we see a rise in the cases of liver diseases over the last 20 years. In 2011, WHO placed it as one of the top 20 ailments in India. To understand more Liver diseases and how is the current stage of Liver transplants Healthcare India spoke to  Dr Sumana Kolar Ramachandra, CHIEF OF LIVER […]


  India’s success in increasing life expectancy has led to a larger number of the elderly in the country. The Registrar General of India forecasts the share of senior citizens (age 60 years and above) in the total population to rise from 6.9% in 2001 to 12.4% in 2026. With the golden years, comes the risk […]

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