Is Health Insurance the answer to India’s healthcare woes ?

Well thats the question I have been asking myself all these years. Now seriously, the only country that spends 17 % of its GDP on healthcare and is ranked among the best healthcare systems in the world providing care to more than 300 million people is the United States of America. And the healthcare system there is run by Health Insurance firms.

India on the other side spends far lower, it is estimated that we spend about 5.7 % of its GDP on Healthcare. Almost 75% of it is in the private sector. As a matter of fact almost 80% of outpatients, pharmaceutical spend and ambulatory care is covered by the private sector. When it comes to inpatient it is 50-50 % with government and the private sector sharing the spend. It is only in the primary care and preventive space that government bears almost 95% of the spend. All immunization programs for example are run by the government.


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Columbia Pacific acquires Serene Senior Care

Serene Senior Care, a leading senior housing operator in India, is being purchased by Seattle-based Columbia Pacific, owner of Columbia Asia Hospital Group, one of the largest and fastest-growing healthcare providers in Asia. With this, Columbia Pacific will undergo a significant expansion of its India senior housing portfolio over the next five years.Columbia Pacific, a family of private asset and investment management companies, also owns and operates hospitals and senior care facilities across Asia, including the Columbia Asia hospital company in India and Southeast Asia.


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India launches Measles- Rubella eradication campaign

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 came home with a form for consent to get inoculated at the school for the same.  



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Management of Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar

Recent my mother was visiting me at Bangalore and she has been a diabetic since the age of 44. She recently was advised to move from oral hypoglycemics to Insulin. As she prepared to leave, she took a dose of Insulin as she does normally and entered the airport. Halfway through to the gate, she started reeling and was slowly losing consciousness. Luckily my father who was accompanying her had seen this happen a few times in the past and immediately fed her some juice and glucose biscuits. Within a few minutes she was back to normal and continued to board her flight. The same incident happened to my grand father once and that time he was lucky that I was around and had some chocolates handy to stabilize him. These are not isolated incidents but happen to hundreds of people suffer from this condition. This condition is called Hypoglycemia.


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Liver transplants key to improving quality of life for patients with Liver diseases

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 TRANSPLANT, COLUMBIA ASIA REFERRAL HOSPITAL, YESHWANTHPUR, Bangalore. Here are some excerpts from the Interview.


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